NCA to block over 23 million SIM cards

By the end of October 2022, more than 23.8 million SIM cards that are either completely unregistered or only partially registered will be blocked.

According to a statement made by the Minister of Communications and Digitalization, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, approximately 10 million persons have SIM cards and have connected them to their Ghana Cards at stage one of the SIM registration process, but they have not yet completed stage two of registration.

There is no justification for the 10 million SIM card owners, according to the statement, since they are in possession of their Ghana Cards and have had the opportunity to completely register their SIM Cards, either in person at their individual telco facilities or through the self-registration app.

NCA to block over 23 million SIM cards

Around 28.9 million of the country’s over 42.7 million active SIM cards have been linked to Ghana Cards, accounting for 67.28% of them. A little more than 18.9 million of them have reached full registration, accounting for 44.28% of all SIM cards issued and 69.64% of SIM cards linked to Ghana Cards.

The release also noted that more than 13.7 million distinct Ghana Cards have been utilized up to this point for SIM registration.

SIM Blocking

All SIM Cards that have been linked to Ghana Cards but have not finished Stage 2 registration will be barred beginning at the end of October, according to Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful.

She clarified that this is merely a brief pause to encourage the owners of those SIM cards to finish the process, not an extension of the deadline.

“If they have any peculiar challenges, they should contact the National Communications Authority (NCA). All other unregistered SIMs will also, be blocked progressively,” she explained.

She stated that the National Communication Authority (NCA) and National Identification Authority (NIA) were in talks about registering amputees and other categories of people, and that they will soon make a statement about the plans made to accommodate them.

She said that the former allowance for SIMs operating outside of Ghana and for diplomats is still valid.

The end of November is the deadline for all data-only SIMs to finish registration, including those provided by Surfline, Busy Internet, Telesol, and any other organization like ECG.

No more than 10 SIMS per person

The database has discovered certain individuals who have registered more than 10 SIM Cards for personal use, and it will be cleaned up, according to the minister.

She instructed those people to delink any extra SIM cards they don’t want right away because the database will be blocked and deleted if there are more than the allowed 10 SIMs per person.

According to Ms. Owusu-Ekuful, the NCA has been instructed to conduct mystery shopping, enforce the law against those breaking it, and jail those found guilty for up to five years.

According to the sector minister, all mobile network operators must legally activate only SIM cards that have been registered on their network in accordance with the NCA’s guidelines.

“Any SIM which is not duly registered by NCA directives cannot be activated on any network in Ghana.”

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