More Africa NewsFrom October 1, Ghana will re-identify its telecoms subscribers

September 28, 2021by myles0
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In 2017, Ghana turned to biometrics to consolidate the identification of its population. The process is already bearing fruit. As of June 28, 2021, more than 15 million new identity cards had already been distributed. The government wants to capitalize on it to further secure the telecoms market.

The Ghanaian Ministry of Communications and Digitization will re-identify telecom subscribers from October 1. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the minister, explained that this new campaign will run until March 31, 2022. This operation was initially scheduled from January to June 2020, but the Covid-19 has forced the authorities to postpone it for security reasons .

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful explained that this is not ”  the first attempt to identify MIS  “. She said that “  all previous efforts have failed due to the lack of a verifiable secure identification document which has led to the influx of pre-registered SIM cards into the system hence our inability to track and to find people who commit crimes with SIM cards  ”.

The Minister indicated that “  the prevalence of fake ID cards and a non-existent system of ID card verification have led unscrupulous individuals to procure hundreds of SIM cards for the SIMBOX, resulting in loss of revenue for the company. ‘State  ‘. The biometric identity card adopted since 2017 by Ghana will ensure the quality of the identification this time around, she stressed.

December 4, 2020 – the national police, in collaboration with the National Communications Authority (NCA) and Kelni GVG, the telecoms traffic control platform – unveiled a series of operations carried out during the year to dismantle telecom fraudsters. They announced the arrest of more than a dozen people, the seizure of more than a hundred illegal SIM cards, as well as routers, servers, laptops, SIMBOXes and other computer equipment. In 2019, the Ghanaian Telecommunications Chamber (GCT) already estimated the monthly losses due to telecom fraud at more than 3 million Ghanaian cedis (nearly 500,000 USD).

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful asserted that “  SIM card identification, when performed correctly as we intend to do, will reduce or eliminate fraudulent and criminal activity, will help authorities determine the exact number of SIM cards valid on the networks, will help operators to build a better demographic of their customers, which will allow them to develop products and services adapted to the various niches  ”.

In addition, quality identification will strengthen the confidence of populations and investors in telecoms and digital services, the regulator will also obtain more precise data to better regulate the industry, argued the Minister of Communications and Digitization.

Source: Agence Ecofin

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