Minister for Communications and Digitalization, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful says the undertaken of the re-registration of SIMs correctly will reduce or eliminate fraudulent and criminal activities. This will further help authorities ascertain the accurate number of valid and accurate SIMs on the telecommunication network.
It was also enable operators build better demographics of their customer base and help them develop products and services to suit the various grouping.
E-Government services and other private mobile based digital solutions will be confidently used with the SIM Registration. Mobile money operators and individuals who use the service to transact business will also heave a sigh of relieve as money transfers across network will be tightly monitored. “It will minimize mobile money fraud and support financial inclusion across the vulnerable sectors” the Minister for Communications and Digitalization added.
The verification of all subscribers and businesses will be against the databases of the National Identification Authority and the Registrar General’s Department where necessary. Individuals can register a total number of 10 SIM Cards across all networks and Foreigners will have a limit of 3 SIM Cards.
The re-registration of SIM cards officially kicks off, October 1, 2021. SIM card users will require the National Identification card also known as Ghana card to be able to register their SIM cards. The exercise is expected to last for six months, ending on 31st March 2022.