Soon, mobile telephone users will be able to automatically switch between telecom networks when services are truncated either by poor services or no network coverage in parts of the country, without needing to switch SIM cards.
According to Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, in an announcement today, April 30, 2021, telecom customers will no more need to port their telephone numbers or change sim cards anytime network signals get bad or non-existent.
“Ghana to start a national roaming service and interoperability wherein areas your network provider has no coverage, your SIM is automatically ported unto the available network for the period of time you are within the no coverage area. „This means one does not need to own several SIM cards from different network providers,” Mr. Owusu-Ekuful said in a Facebook post.
However, the Minister failed to state the exact time this new valued-added service will commence.
There are several communities in Ghana that virtually have no network signal. This roaming service is expected to serve such communities.
Roaming coverage extends the coverage of the network operator’s retail voice and SMS services, allowing the mobile user to continue using their phone number and data services within another jurisdiction.