Rwanda telcos highlight SIM reg

Rwanda’s telcos are participating in a publicity campaign to encourage mobile users to register their SIM cards.

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA), in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and ICT and telecommunications operators, officially launched the national SIM card registration programme this month. The registration period will end on July 31, 2013.

The campaign was launched with the support of local mobile firms, who, together with the government, urged subscribers to register their SIM cards timeously. The Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana said: “I urge Rwandans to embrace this exercise because it will help telecom subscribers promote public security and different crimes such as kidnappings, terrorism, drug trafficking, theft of handset and others will be reduced”.

RURA noted: “The success of the SIM registration project greatly depends on subscribers participating and providing their ID number to Registration Agents  within the period provided for the registration.  Enough agents for registration will be deployed throughout the country by Telecom Operators to facilitate registration process and existing mobile subscribers who will not register their SIM card by end of July 2013 will face disconnection of service which will be restored only after their SIM card has been registered.

Infrastructure has been established that will allow mobile operators to conduct online verification via the National ID database as well as electronic registration and activation of new and existing mobile subscribers.”

More information can be found here.

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