The National Communications Authority (NCA) has released a directive on punitive measures for unregistered SIM cards as part of the ongoing Sim Card re-registration exercise.
The NCA noted that all unregistered Sim Cards shall receive some restrictions on services from their mobile network operators (MNO’s).
According to the NCA, persons who fail to register their sim cards by the deadline date, September 30, 2022, will experience a blockage of their SIM cards.
This was contained in a release from the National Communications Authority signed by the Acting Director-General of the NCA, Joe Anokye.
The statement explained that as part of the punitive measures, unregistered SIMs and Stage 1 registered SIMs will have “re-routing of all outgoing calls to IVR for a message to be played before all calls go through each day.”
Also, all Outgoing calls and Data Services for a sequential batch number will be blocked for 48 hours (2 days) once a week on rotational basis.
The NCA outline that Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) shall divide the Unregistered SIMS into five (5) batches for the purpose of implementing these punitive measures.
The measures will apply to sim cards including MTN, Vodafone, AirtelTigo, and Glo, Telesol, Surfline and Busy SIM card users however, the measures shall exclude blocking of SMS to give defaulting subscribers the opportunity to initiate registration if they so wish.
“Subscribers who fully register their SIM Cards within the period they have been blocked will only be unblocked by the MNOs after the 48 hours to avoid the MNOs tampering with their systems intermittently,” the NCA said in its statement dated September 2, 2022.