Regulator brings in new mobile pre-paid registration rules

21 Sep 2007

Ghana’s mobile operators have until the end of this month to begin implementing a mandatory system of registering pre-paid SIM cards, the regulator, the National Communication Authority (NCA), has revealed. The NCA’s new rules call for identification of all buyers of pre-paid cards from October, bringing the country in line with some other countries where removing anonymity for pay-as-you-go users is seen as vital in the fight against terrorism and drug-trafficking. Under the regulator’s new rules, a customer buying a pre-paid GSM or CDMA phone will be required to provide their name, home address, and other telephone numbers as well as prove their identity to the retailer. Existing customers may also have to re-register with the phone operator, the NCA said.