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Chamber of Telecommunications outlines services to be affected by SIM deactivation

The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications has announced services to be affected by SIM card deactivation effective November 30, 2022.

According to the Chamber, subscribers who have failed to complete the second stage of the SIM biometric registration will have their SIMs deactivated.

The services to be blocked are; voice, data (Mobile, phones, mifis, other data providing devices), SMS (incoming and outgoing) USSD, mobile money services and Emergency services.

This was contained in a statement by the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications dated November 30, 2022.

The statement said the deactivation, which will begin by close of today was in compliance with the directive by the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization on November 11, 2022.

The organization urged subscribers yet to complete the second stage thus, the biometric registration stage, to do so to avoid being affected by the directive.

“The Chamber wishes to once again encourage all subscribers who have acquired Ghana cards, but are yet to complete stage 2 (biometric capture) to do so without delay,”

“Our members are obliged by the directive to completely deactivate all subscriber SIMs which have not completed the biometric capture registration by close of business today, November 30, 2022,” parts of the statement read.

The statement indicated that “It is imperative that the cherished customers of the networks are not barred from using voice, data, USSD, mobile money services and access to emergency services among others.”

“Subscribers with Ghana cards can avoid this inconvenience by completing the registration process, i.e., stage 2 (biometric capture).”

It would be recalled that the Ministry of Communication and Digitalization introduced SIM registration on October 1, 2021, with an initial deadline at the end of October 2022.

The Ministry has on a number of occasions postponed the deadline for SIM card registration following calls by the citizenry due to their inability to access their Ghana card.

The Ministry reluctantly kept postponing the deadline till this final deadline of November 30, 2022.

Source: Ghana News

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