Telcos begin blocking unregistered SIM cards

Telcos begin blocking unregistered SIM cards

The Chamber of Telecommunications has introduced that its members (AirtelTigo, MTN and Vodafone) have commenced the blockage and deactivation of SIM cards that haven’t been registered with the Ghana Card.

The Chamber in a statement dated November 22 said the choice to block the unregistered SIM cards follows a directive from the Communications and Digitalisation Ministry on November 11.

“Since the 20th of November, 2022 our members have been blocking data services for all subscribers who have only completed stage 1 (linkage to Ghana Card) but not stage 2 (biometric capture) of the SIM registration process, as directed by the Ministry,” the statement noted.

It urged all subscribers who’ve acquired Ghana cards however are but to complete stage 2 (biometric seize) to accomplish that before November 30, 2022.

According to the statement, the Telcos will utterly deactivate all subscriber SIMs which haven’t accomplished the biometric seize registration step by November 30.

It suggested individuals who want particular help to register their SIM Cards to contact the National Communications Authority or their Mobile Network Operator for help.

“We are confident that the sector Ministry and NCA will announce measures to accommodate individuals who genuinely do not have Ghana cards, once ongoing consultations have been completed,” the statement added.

The Communications and Digitalisation Ministry on November 11 introduced that SIM cards which have been linked to Ghana Cards however haven’t undergone the second part of registration will be blocked from accessing data services from November 20 and utterly deactivated on 30 November.

According to the Ministry, roughly 30 million SIM cards had been linked to Ghana Cards as of November 9, whereas 20.9 million subscribers had accomplished the registration process by capturing their biometric data. 

The sector Minister said an announcement will be made on measures to accommodate individuals who don’t have Ghana Cards to register their SIM cards.

This is the second time subscribers would have their SIM cards deactivated for failing to register with their Ghana Cards.

Some SIM cards had been deactivated throughout the earlier deadline of September 30, as a result of they may not register before the deadline.

Subsequently, these subscribers had been reactivated after the Communications Minister introduced an extension of the deadline for the registration of SIM cards.

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