Time running out for Ghana SIM reg
GOVERNMENTNana Appiah, Accra, Ghana | Feb. 17, 2012, 10:02 a.m.
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
Only two weeks remain before the cut-off deadline for the registration of Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) cards in Ghana.
The Director-General of the National Communication Authority (NCA, Paarock Vanpercy, has called on mobile phone subscribers who have not yet register their SIM cards or have invalid registration to register their SIM cards before the deadline, to save their SIMs from being deactivated by the various network operators in the country. According to the national regulator there will be no extension of the deadline for the registration of Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) cards after March 3, 2012.
Speaking at a news conference in Accra, Vanpercy said with the adoption of the Subscribers Identification Module Regulations, 2011(L.I. 2006), the NCA would have to, by law, enforce the provisions accordingly. He said those who are unsure of their registration status can text 400 to their networks for verification. Giving official statistics on the number of subscribers registered since last year, the NCA boss noted that about 21 million subscribers in the country had been able to register their SIMs.
He said the move by NCA to see the registration through was not a punitive measure but meant to ensure that the provisions under the law were met. He said that the registration of the SIMs was coming with benefits, including crime control and the ability to effectively go through the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) process, whereby a user can switch from one network to another without losing his or her original numbers.
On February 1, 2012, Ghana’s parliament adopted the SIM Regulation, 2011(L.I 2006) to give backing to SIM card registration in the country. The legislation provides that from March 3, 2012, no SIM card can be used if it is not registered. Consequently, no mobile network operator shall be able to activate a SIM card for a new customer without it having registered.
Also existing subscribers who have either not registered their SIM cards or whose earlier registration is invalid are required to re-register, failure to do so will amount to the deactivation of ones SIM card without any prior notice.
Network operators are also required to adhere strictly to this directives in terms of deactivating a customer or subscribers whose SIM card has not being registered, failure on the part of the operator to deactivate a subscriber would require the application of sanctions per the law, including the sanctions spelt out under the license for the operators.
Subscribers are required to have valid passport, driving licenses, voter identity cards, National Identification cards and National Health Insurance cards to enable them to under take a valid registration.
The Director-General advised that those who did not have these forms of identity cards could request parents or relatives to register on their behalf until they acquired theirs. He said the idea behind such a move was to ensure that there was somebody who could guarantee for those who did not have IDs and encouraged all to have their own IDs to be able to take full responsibility for their SIMs.
MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS
SAP innovation transforms how Governments conduct businessSAP Africa kicked off its public sector innovation roadshow in Johannesburg, to highlight how the SAP innovation solutions portfolio including, cloud and big data, supports all levels of government. Read More
ATCON roots for spectrum marketATCON has urged the Nigerian Communications Commission to enable the creation of a “spectrum market” where the scarce airwaves could be bought and sold. Read More
MACRA cautioned as court okays ‘Spy Machine’Three days after the Supreme Court of Appeal in Blantyre ruled that Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) can roll out the Consolidated ICT Regulatory Management System (CIRMS) which is popularly known as ‘the Spy Machine’, the country's consumer rights body has cautioned the regulator on the use of the ... Read More
Fake NIN enrolment agents on prowl, warns NIMCNigeria’s National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has raised the alarm over reports making the rounds that eligible applicants must pay certain sums of money before they could enroll for the National Identification Number (NIN). Read More
ICT-enabled census to make a difference in DRCDRC’s first census in 30 years will be supported by ICTs to ensure a fast and faultless process. Read More
NCS tasks govt on R&D fundingThe Nigeria Computer Society has urged the Federal Government to increase funding of R&D. Read More
Policy Interventions can eliminate operational barriers - MascomMascom Marketing and Public Relations Executive Tebogo Lebotse-Sebego says the creation of an enabling legislature and policy interventions can help Botswana overcome its ICT obstacles. Read More
DRC Police to launch digital call centreIn October this year, the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will launch a digital call centre equipped with computers, fast internet and other latest technology tools to enable the police to respond timely and effectively to any kind of distress calls by the people. Read More
Angola Online free internet project launched in LuandaAngola’s Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technologies, in partnership with the National Center for Information Technology, has officially launched the digital project "Angola Online", which aims to roll out internet access to five million Angolans by 2017. Read More
NIG President speaks his mindBayo Banjo, CEO, Disc Communications and President, Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) says the proposed licensing of infrastructure companies by the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) will breed corruption and entrench monopolistic practices. Kokumo Goodie reports. Read More
FEATURED STORYMFarmer SMS redefines market access for Ugandan farmers
Ugandan smallholder farmers are benefitting from an ambitious innovative ICT mobile phone initiative that offers weather reports and up-to-date market information about changes in prices for agricultural commodities, thus granting them lucrative returns from their farming ventures.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHNIG President speaks his mind
Bayo Banjo, CEO, Disc Communications and President, Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) says the proposed licensing of infrastructure companies by the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) will breed corruption and entrench monopolistic practices. Kokumo Goodie reports.