Sun. Sep 19th, 2021
SIM Card registration - Ursula Owusu

Ghana is still on its road to full digitization. As part of the plans to absolutely execute this course, there will be a nationwide exercise for all citizens to re-register their SIM cards using the current all-in-one national identification card, Ghana Card. The government believes the exercise will help curb fraudulent activities in the country.

The Ministry of Communication and Digitalization has programmed the following projects for take-off in the next weeks in order to deepen Ghana’s Communication and Digitalization efforts.

1. The designation of close to 200 institutions across 13 sectors of our economy as critical information infrastructure institutions.

2. Launch of the National SIM Card Registration exercise across the country, which requires that every subscriber registers their SIM card using the Ghana card. This will help reduce or eliminate fraudulent and criminal activities.

3. Roll out of the handset and equipment registration alongside the SIM registration and set up the Central Equipment Identity, which will help address the challenge of the smuggling and trade in counterfeit, stolen and substandard mobile devices.

4. Train 3,000 girls in three regions namely, Western North, North East and Savannah Regions in basic computer skills, coding and HTML as part of the Girls-ICT Project.

According to Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, “It is Digi Time in Ghana and Government is working to make this country a smart one.”

The Minister for Communication and Digitization has in brief stated how the SIM card registration exercise will be like. According to her, existing subscribers will register their SIMs via USSD.  There will be a sim registration App also available for that.” Again, she has stated that the SIM Registration will begin on 1st October 2021 for a six (6) month period. Thus, it will end on 31st March 2022.

Any sim which is not registered at the end of this exercise will be blocked

Previously, the ministry stated that Ghana will soon be on national roaming service. This will afford citizens the privilege of using a preferred network service and access network coverage from competitors. With that, there would not be issues of having to port or buy multiple SIM cards from different providers. Incredibly, one can travel and access other network provider’s services without changing SIM cards in the country.

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