Ghana: reprieve for unregistered SIMs
GOVERNMENTBy BiztechAfrica - March 2, 2012, 9:30 a.m.
Ghana’s Communications Minister may have allowed a reprieve for around 3.2 million phone subscribers in the national SIM registration exercise.
Minister Haruna Iddrisu has directed the National Communications Authority (NCA) to engage telecoms companies before it terminates all unregistered SIM cards tomorrow. The deadline for SIM registration is 3 March, after which subscribers were warned that unregistered SIMs could be deactivated without further notice.
However, many subscribers report that their SIMs are listed as unregistered, even though they took steps to register them.
Minister Iddrisu says the government does not intend to deny Ghanaians their right to access communication. He said the regulator could reach an understanding with telcos on the management of those who tried to register or who have registered but are still awaiting validation.
The NCA says the Minister’s directive is in line with NCA goals to ensure that the termination is done ‘with a human face’.
MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS
Uganda showcases new one-stop state portalThe Ugandan government is encouraging citizens to log onto Uganda’s one-stop state web portal. Read More
Malawians start mobile and web voter verificationMalawi has registered an electoral first as prospective voters in the country are now able to verify their voter registration status using mobile phones as well as a web platform. Read More
Private sector investment key to continent’s development, says KaberukaAfrican Development Bank support for private equity investment in Africa recorded a major success this week, when The Carlyle Group announced it had raised $698 million for its new Sub-Saharan Africa Fund. Read More
Ghana’s ‘big bang’ approach tackles data penetrationWith 110% voice penetration, full data penetration is the next big target in Ghana, says the NCA. Read More
Kenya unveils ICT master planKenya has launched the national Information, Communication Technology Master Plan 2017 to spur economic growth in the country. Read More
Botswana to enhance education through ThutonetLaunching the Thutonet Governance Structure, Secretary of Education Reforms, Taboka Nkhwa, said for Botswana to make any appreciable progress in its socio-economic development efforts, substantial resources should be directed at improving educational delivery. Read More
Kenya to digitally register all citizens afreshKenya plans to digitally register all citizens as part of national planning and the war against terrorism. Read More
Botswana passes electronic transaction, communications billThe Botswana Parliament has passed the Electronic Communications and Transactions Bill, which gives legal recognition to electronic transactions. Read More
Angola stimulates ICT innovation in governmentThe Angolan Government is seeking to boost the use of ICTs in public service administration and service delivery through its ‘Innovate’ programme for the public sector. Read More
FEATURED STORYKenyan shift to Green Economy would generate USD 45bn by 2030
Kenya’s transition to a green economy could produce major economic benefits equivalent to an estimated USD 45 billion by 2030, a new study shows.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHE-waste threatens Ghana’s beaches
Many beaches in Ghana, already stressed by pollution and poor maintenance, are now facing a new threat: e-waste.
COMPANY NEWSMTN makes it onto World Champions list
MTN Group has been named as the only South African company on the World Champions list.VMware Reports First Quarter 2014 Results
VMWare has announced Year-over-Year revenue growth of 14% to $1.36 Billion in its Q114 results.