The re-registration of mobile SIM cards across the country is expected to commence on, Friday, October 1, 2021.
The move is part of efforts to digitize the economy for enhanced accountability and economic growth.
The exercise is to add to the country’s central database with unique IDs. The process of registration can be done on one’s phone and does not require a visit to a Telco outlet.
The Ghana Card is used to validate a person’s identity at airports, borders, police check posts and while booking tickets. The emerging Ghana railway travel may require a person to carry their Ghana Card especially if e-tickets are introduced.
Currently, there are more than 40 million mobile phone users in Ghana.
The Ministry of Communication has assured the general public it is working to resolve “deficiencies” in SIM card registration in Ghana.
The Minister of Communication Ursula Owusu-Ekuful in April said telecommunication networks have been urged to ensure strict compliance with the SIM registration and activation processes in line with the relevant statutory provisions.
She said some of the deficiencies identified with the process include: The sale of pre-registered SIM cards; The use of pre-registered SIM cards and Fraudulent registration of SIM cards and the use of same.
According to her, these deficiencies facilitate criminal activities such as Mobile Money fraud, Illegal SIM swap, Illegal Termination of international traffic (SIM-Boxing) leading to loss of revenue to the state, Impersonation, and, Cyber-crime.