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Mobile Network Operators Have Started Blocking Unregistered SIM Cards – NCA



Deputy Director, Consumer and Corporate Affairs Division at the National Communications Authority (NCA), Kwame Gyan has said Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have began blocking unregistered SIM cards since Monday September 5.

He said from today, Wednesday September 7, persons who have completed just stage one of the registration will be added to the list of those whose cards are being blocked

The NCA on Sunday September 4 released the punitive actions to be taken against unregistered SIM cards.

The on-going SIM registration exercise is scheduled to end on 30th September, 2022.

Persons who fail to register will suffer consequences.

As part of the punitive measures, the NCA said there would will be re-routing of all outgoing calls to IVR for a message to be played  before all calls go through everyday.

Also, outgoing calls and Data Services for a sequential batch of numbers will be blocked for 48 hours (2 days) once a week on rotational basis.

“Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) shall divide the Unregistered SIMS into five (5) batches for the purpose of implementing this punitive measure.

“These measures shall exclude blocking of SMS to give defaulting subscribers the opportunity to initiate registration if they so wish.

Speaking on this development on the Ghana Tonight Show Monday September 6, Mr Kwame Gyan said “The MNOs have began blocking people for a two day period as stated in our statement.”

He added “Starting Wednesday, if you have done just stage one and not stage two, you will also be added to that list and in the course of this month you will have your service disrupted for at least two days in the course of the week.”


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