¢5 charge for SIM re-registration is not telcos decision – Ken Ashigbey

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The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, Mr Ken Ashigbey, has said that the GH¢5 charge on the self-service SIM registration application is not determined by the telecommunication companies.

Mr. Ashigbey said that the decision was taken by the regulator, the National Communications Authority (NCA) and the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization.

The Minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful while announcing the new deadline for the SIM re-registration exercise also announced that a self-service sim card re-registration app will be launched on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 barring any unforeseen circumstances.

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“The SIM Registration App will be available for download on both android and IOS this week… Each registration via the app will be subject to a 5 cedis surcharge”, she added.

The GH¢5 charge has been met with criticism by a section of the public who feel it is a disincentive.

But Mr. Ken Ashigbey in a TV3 interview said “this app is not a telco app, this app is an app that the regulator has put in place and so who pays what and how much is paid is not the decision of the telcos.

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“The platform is provided by the common platform provider who has developed the platform the NCA to work with it but the data sits at NITA which is a state-owned data centre.”

Meanwhile, the Deputy Corporate Affairs Director at the National Communications Authority (NCA), Kwame Gyan, has clarified in a Citi News interview that  the GH¢5 charge goes to the app developers.

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