Dr. Omane Boamah

Dr Edward Omane Boamah

Government has ordered mobile telecommunication companies operating in the country to re-register their Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards.

The Minister of Communications, Dr Edward Boamah, who made this known, said the order was given to tackle fraudulent activities.

According to him, fake identity cards had been identified three years after the completion of the initial registration exercise.

The telcos must begin the re-registration after the National Identification Authority (NIA) completes the issuance of the National ID Cards, Dr. Boamah said.

He said the re-registration exercise would enhance security in the country, stating that ?we definitely need to provide confidence and security in the use of electronic communications in Ghana.

Telecommunication firms operating in the country include MTN, Vodafone, TiGo, Airtel, Glo Mobile and Expresso.

Parliament in 2012 adopted the Subscriber Identity Module Registration Regulations, 2011 (L.I. 2006) to give backing to SIM card registration in the country.

In line with this, mobile network operators were mandated to activate SIM cards for new customers after registration.

As of the end of 2013, Ghana had a total 28 million subscribers.

By Cephas Larbi

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