Telcos begin unregistered SIM card deactivation: AirtelTigo, MTN, and Vodafone will begin deactivating specific kinds of SIM cards on November 30, 2022, in accordance with a decree issued by the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation on November 11, 2022.
According to a statement from the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, its members have been blocking data services for all subscribers who have only completed stage one (linkage to Ghana Card) but not stage two (biometric capture) of the SIM registration process, as directed by the ministry, since Sunday, November 20, 2022.
It stated that voice, data (mobile phones, Mifis, and other data-giving devices), SMS (incoming and outgoing), and USSD customers will be barred beginning November 30, 2022.
If the owners did not complete all steps of the registration procedure, their SIM cards for mobile money services and emergency services would be barred.
“The chamber aims to urge all subscribers who have obtained Ghana cards but have not finished stage two to do so as soon as possible.” The mandate requires our members to terminate any customer SIMs that have not completed the biometric capture registration by the end of business today, November 30, 2022,” the Ghana Telecom Chamber stated.
The statement urged network consumers to complete the registration procedure to prevent being prohibited from utilizing phone, data, USSD, mobile money services, and access to emergency services, among other things.
“Our members remain committed to supporting the efforts of all stakeholders to ensure that every customer in every part of the country is able to register their SIM card(s) with the Ghana card. We urge all subscribers to note that all network services for those who have done only the first stage registration will be deactivated by close of business today, 30th of November 2022,” the statement said.