The New NCA Directive: Telcos halt call barring of Unregistered SIM Cards

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The National Communications Authority (NCA) has withdrawn its previous directive to telecom companies to block calls from customers who have not yet registered a SIM card.

Citi News reports that the telcos has stopped blocking calls from subscribers who have not completed their SIM card registration under the guidance of regulator NCA.

The new guidelines from regulators are believed to be the result of public backlash. Ghanaian SIM card holders who do not re-register their card between Monday 5 September 2022 and 30 September 2022 will be subject to penalties.

Meanwhile, the National Democratic Party (NDC) has asked the Congressional Select Committee on Communications to impose sanctions on SIM card users who have not yet returned their cards to the Communications Secretary and the National Communications Authority (NCA). . In a statement on Monday, September 12, the NDC said the actions of the minister and the sub-offices were unconstitutional, arbitrary and illegal and should be stopped.
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It is an indisputable fact that the re-registration of mobile SIM cards policy and its attendant sanctions that are being meted out to Ghanaians by the Ministry of Communications and the National Communications Authority are neither backed by the SIM Registration Regulations, 2011 (L.I 2006) nor the National Identity Register Regulations, 2012 (L.I 2111) or any law in force in the country.

“The decision by these entities to restrict the SIM Cards of Ghanaians including those who have already re-registered their SIM Cards is therefore unlawful, irresponsible and unacceptable to say the least,” part of the statement signed by Asiedu Nketia.

According to the Ministry of Communications, SIM cards for those who do not follow the rules will be blocked after September 30.

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