Ghana’s telecoms regulator, the National Communications Authority (NCA), has announced that 3 March 2012 will be the deadline for the de-activation of unregistered mobile SIM cards. The SIM card registration scheme initially came into effect in July 2010 and was due to run until the end of June the following year, at which time all mobile users would be required to have registered their SIM card. However, by the deadline a large number of users had still to register, leading the regulator to extend the registration period. Ghana’s parliament has now adopted the Subscriber Identity Module Registration Regulations 2011 (L.I. 2006), which states that any card not registered by 3 March must be de-activated, while all new SIM card purchases must be accompanied by a user registration. Ghana had a total of 21.17 million mobile subscribers at the end of 2011, according to NCA statistics, with largest operator MTN Ghana claiming around 48% of the overall market.
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