The National Communications Authority (NCA) has advised mobile phone subscribers to report any telecommunication network that ports their mobile phone numbers without their consent.
According to the NCA, some telcos are engaged in fraudulent mobile number porting activities without users’ consent, adding that the act is illegal.
The advice was contained in a brief which was issued at the celebration of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) 2014 in Accra yesterday.
The purpose of the celebration was to raise global awareness of the changes in society that has been engendered by the Internet and new technologies.
The theme for the celebration was: “Broadband for sustainable development”.
Be wary of telco agents
“The NCA wishes to inform the general public that they should be wary of agents who are offering free SIMs on promotions. Be aware that it is not true that you can have your number operating on two networks at the same time,” it said.
In the event that a subscriber was fraudulently ported, the NCA directed that the individual should endeavour to report to his or her mobile phone service provider to have the number restored.
“If your service provider fails to do that, please report the issue to the NCA on 0302771701 or 0307011419 or email: [email protected] or [email protected],” it added.
In a statement read on his behalf at the event, the UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-Moon, said this year’s celebration was focused on leveraging information and communication technologies to help advance sustainable development.
He said Information and Communications Technology (ICT) was the powerhouse of the global economy, offering solutions for sustainable economic growth and shared prosperity.
“Broadband connectivity is a transformative tool to achieve the three pillars of sustainable development — economic growth, social inclusion and environmental balance,” he said.
In her remarks, Ms Susan Ngongi, the UN Resident Coordinator, said many transitioning economies such as Ghana’s were likely to benefit greatly from the promotion and use of telecommunications on a large scale.
She underscored the importance of ICT, stating that it helped to manage day-to-day activities in offices, homes, schools and various economic centres, including government activities, both nationally and internationally.
In another speech, the Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Mr Hamadoun I. Toure, said broadband connectivity was a critical element in ensuring that ICT was used as effective delivery vehicles for health, education, governance, trade and commerce in order to achieve sustainable socio-economic growth.
He stated that the ITU was committed to achieving universal access to broadband and connectivity.
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