Ghanaian SIM re-registration to commence by end-2015

1 Apr 2015

All Ghanaian SIM cards are set to be re-registered once the National Identification Authority (NIA)’s distribution of ID cards is complete, according to Star FM Online, citing comments by Ato Sarpong, the deputy minister of communications. Mr Sarpong has asserted that SIM re-registration is required due to the lack of uniformity in previous identification cards, which has rendered it difficult to authenticate mobile phone users.

Although the original SIM card registration programme was concluded back in 2011, Sarpong told a recent consumer forum organised by the National Communications Authority (NCA): ‘We have come to the conclusion that there were … gaps in that exercise, because we do not have harmonised or one common ID card to use … as a result of that we’ve identified a lot of flaws within the telecommunication area, because we’re not able to identify people, as we should.’ The NIA is scheduled to complete its authorisation of the ‘Ghanacard’ ID to all citizens by the end of 2015.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in March 2014 the Ghanaian government ordered the country’s cellcos to re-run SIM card registration following accusations of fraudulent activities during the initial process – a reported 20% of the identity cards used in the previous SIM registration process in 2011 were fake – but at that time the operators were informed they could wait until the issuance of national ID cards was complete before embarking on the process.