The National Communications Authority (NCA) has rolled out some punitive actions against unregistered SIM cards as part of the ongoing Sim Card re-registration exercise.
According to the NCA, persons who fail to register their respective sim cards by the deadline date, September 30, 2022, will face the consequences of blockage of their SIM cards.
A statement from the NCA signed by the Acting Director-General, Joe Anokye, said 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 numbers will be blocked for 48 hours (2 days) once a week on rotational basis.”
It explained that Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) shall divide the Unregistered SIMS into five (5) batches to implement these punitive measures.
The measures, the NCA said, apply to sim cards including MTN, Vodafone, AirtelTigo, Glo, Telesol, Surfline, and Busy SIM card users.
However, the measures shall exclude blocking 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 added.