The Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation has served notice that all SIM cards yet to be registered will be deactivated by November 30, 2022.
The Ministry, in a statement issued on November 11, said “all SIM cards which have completed the first stage of the registration exercise but not done the second phase will be blocked from accessing data services on 20th November 2022 and completely deactivated on 30th November 2022.”
According to the Ministry, the move forms part of the measures taken by the Ministry to reduce SIM-related fraud incidents, which have currently seen a decline with the commencement of the exercise.
“One key reason why some of those who have linked phone numbers to Ghana cards have been unable to complete the bio capture of stage two is because they used other people’s cards to link their numbers. This includes vendors who used the cards of others without the knowledge or consent of the card owners. Their inability to complete phase two attests to the robustness of the authentication process designed into the SIM registration architecture. It will flush out all fakes. You cannot use someone else’s Ghana card to register your SIM.”
The statement said 30,011,082 subscribers completed the first stage of linking their Ghana Card to their SIM Number, and 20,892,970 subscribers completed the SIM card registration (linkage and biometric capture).