SIM registration agents of Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have been warned by the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications not to charge registrants fees for their SIM registration.
In a statement issued by its Chief Executive Officer, Mr Kenneth Ashigbey, on Monday, January 31, 2022, the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications stated that it is unlawful and dishonest for anybody to urge customers to pay any amount as the fee of registration.
“It has come to our attention that SOME SIM Registration agents of Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) currently registering subscribers are charging some subscribers for the registration of their SIMs,” he said.
The statement continued, “The activity is a national exercise which is being funded by government and the mobile network operators.”
Mr Ashigbey further warned the public not to pay any fees to any registration agent for their SIM registration.
The SIM Registration Regulations, 2011 (LI 2006) were implemented in 2011 with the goal of reducing mobile phone-related crimes such prank calls, cybercrime, mobile money fraud and associated concerns, as well as general security.
The rules were also designed to assist law enforcement agencies in identifying SIM card owners, tracking criminals who use phones for illicit purposes, and preventing phone theft, hate text message, SIM box fraud, and mobile fraud.