The government has cautioned actors within the SIM card registration value chain including subscribers and agents of mobile network operators, to ensure compliance with the SIM registration and activation processes in line with the relevant statutory provisions.
The government, through the Ministry of Communication, said it has taken note of a number of deficiencies with the existing SIM card registration regime in the country.
1. The sale of pre-registered SIM cards,
2. The use of pre-registered SIM cards, and
3. The use of fraudulently registered SIM cards.
These deficiencies, according to Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, allow fraudulent activities to be perpetrated through the use of mobile phones.
Some of these vices are:
1. mobile money fraud
2. illegal SIM swap
3. Termination of international traffic (SIM-Boxing) leading to loss of revenue to the state
Speaking at a press conference in Accra on Sunday, 31 March 2019, Mr Nkrumah said with the government’s commitment to migrate to a formalised digital economy, as part of the Digital Ghana Agenda (DGA), it is important for the communication industry to ensure the integrity of an integrated database and systems. “This will also build security, trust and confidence for the use of digital services.”
He said: “While we partner the relevant institutions for the complete roll-out of the National Identification cards for SIM registration, the National Communication Authority (NCA) will ensure strict compliance with the law and engage MNOs and all relevant stakeholders to address these deficiencies.”
According to Mr Nkrumah, all actors must comply with the relevant statutory provisions as listed below:
• Subscriber Identity Module Registration Regulation, 2011 (L.I. 2006) which governs the responsibilities related to SIM registration,
• Section 73 (a) of the Electronic Communications Amendment Act. 2016 (Act 910) which states that:
“(1) A network operator or service provider shall comply with the directives established by the Authority to (a) prevent; (b) detect; or (c) disconnect the use of the subscriber identity module or the user identity module of that operator, for terminating an international call on any network in Ghana as a local call.
(2) A person who uses a subscriber identity module or user identity module for terminating an international call on any network in Ghana as a local call, commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than three thousand penalty units for each subscriber identity module or user identity module used in terminating the international call as a local call or to a term of imprisonment of not more than five years or to both.”
• Section 73 (b) of the Electronic Communications Amendment Act. 2016 (Act 910) which also states that:
“(1) A person shall not deal in a pre-registered subscriber identity module or user identity module.
(2) Any person who knowingly deals in a pre-registered subscriber identity module or user identity module commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than three thousand penalty units or to a term of imprisonment of not more than five years or to both.
(3) For the purposes of this section, a "pre-registered subscriber identify module or user identity module" means a module that has been registered with the data of a person other than the person who finally acquires the module for use on a network except as permitted by law.".
The government has assured the public that it is committed to building a strong, secure and resilient communication industry for the benefit of the citizenry and the entire country.
All subscribers have been encouraged to verify the authenticity of their SIM registration by dialling *400# on any network.
For any relevant information on the above subject dial:
1. 0800 11 0622 (Toll-free)
2. 0307011419 (Hotline)