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From today, 5th September, 2022, outgoing calls and data services from unregistered SIM cards will be interfered with, per the press release from the National Communications Authority (NCA), which was approved by the Communications Minister, Hon. Ursula Owusu Ekuful. The punitive measures for the unregistered SIM cards which take effect on Monday will have other phases rolled out later this month with a warning to subscribers to register their SIM cards before September 30 or face a complete blackout of service from their Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).
According to the press release sighted by DFS Live News, subscribers of unregistered SIM cards will experience disruptions in their data services from September 12. However, from September 5, “subscribers who have not started their registration will have all outgoing calls re-routed to an Interactive Voice Recording (IVR) for a SIM registration sensitization message to be played before all calls are connected” the statement noted. The statement further emphasized that ” outgoing calls and data services will be blocked for these affected subscribers for 48 hours once a week, once the punitive measures kick in for the month of September 2022″.
After September 30, all unregistered SIM cards will be deactivated with the subscribers given a period of six (6) months to register in order to redeem their SIM cards. Failing to do so, their SIM cards will be permanently deactivated and sold to new subscribers, according to the statement from the NCA.
Read the full statement from the NCA below