1.5 million SIM cards deactivated as part of registration process

13 Mar 2012

Ghana’s telecoms regulator, the National Communication Authority (NCA), has confirmed that more than 1.5 million mobile SIM cards have been deactivated as part of the ongoing process to register all mobile phone users in the country. A report from local news site Adom Online quotes NCA Director-General Paarock VanPercy as saying that 433,246 of the deactivated SIMs had not been registered at all, while 1,091,645 had not been used for at least three months and there was also a problem with the registration application. The regulator adds that a further 3.55 million SIMs which are still classed as being active have been accompanied by an invalid registration application; as reported by CommsUpdate yesterday, these users have been given an extra month to complete a valid registration, after which their SIM card will be disabled for outgoing calls and texts and will eventually be disconnected completely if registration is not carried out. Some 16 million cards were registered correctly by the 3 March deadline, the NCA says.