The National Communications Authority (NCA) directed telecom firms in Ghana to deactivate all unregistered SIM cards.
The directive was part of the SIM card re-registration exercise that started on October 1, 2021.
The exercise was initially supposed to last for six months but was extended several times due to difficulties faced by SIM card users.
The final deadline was yesterday, May 31.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, Dr. Ken Ashigbey, users who have not fully registered their SIM cards will be blocked and will not be able to make or receive calls, send texts, or use data services.
He said about 9 million SIM cards will be blocked and about 7.4 million of them are linked to mobile money accounts.
He added that the 7.4 million subscribers will not have access to their accounts until they register their SIMs. He assured that their money and records will be protected by the network operators.