In a press briefing today, 5th September 2021 the Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful revealed that Stolen mobile phones will be blocked from all networks across the world through the new centralised SIM card registry”.
According to the Minister, the NIA is opening Regional and District Offices to enable Ghanaians who have not registered for their Ghana Card to be able to do so and the Ministry is encouraging all Ghanaians and Foreigners in Ghana to ensure that they have their Ghana Cards and Non-Citizen Ghana Card ready.
In addition, those who have registered but have not picked up their Ghana Cards should be able to do so from the various NIA offices.
Concerning the Upcoming National SIM Registration, the Minister said one needs a Ghana Card to acquire a new sim card. Existing subscribers will register their SIM cards via USSD and a sim registration app.”
Individuals can register a total number of 10 SIM Cards across all networks and Foreigners will have a limit of 3 SIM Cards across all networks.” Ghanaians have been advised to make sure that they have their Ghana Cards by next month as the National SIM registration kicks start next month.
The minimum age for SIM registration has been set at 15 years, taking into consideration the increased use of communications services since the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic and to facilitate E-education.
“Barring any unforeseen eventualities, SIM Registration will begin on 1st October 2021 for a six (6) month period and end on 31st March 2022. Any sim which is not registered at the end of this exercise will be blocked.”
The SIM registration will reduce or eliminate fraudulent and criminal activities, help authorities ascertain the accurate number of valid and accurate SIMs on the networks, enable operators to build better demographics of their customer base and help them develop products and services to suit the various groupings.
The Regulator, NCA, will also get more accurate data to regulate the industry even better.
“Foreigners visiting Ghana can acquire a SIM Card using their Passports or Travel Card but they can only use the SIM Card for 30 days after which it will be deactivated.” “Foreigners intending to use a SIM Card for more than 30 days will have to obtain the Non-Citizen Ghana Card to do so.”