ZICTA orders start of SIM reg

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ZICTA orders start of SIM reg

By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia

Zambia’s telecoms sector regulator, the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA), has directed all mobile phone subscribers to start registering SIM cards.

ZICTA public relations officer Chisha Malunda said a deadline for the exercise will be announced later.

Malunda said the directive will come into immediate effect after the deadline: all SIM cards that are not registered will be deactivated.

The directive, Malunda said, is in line with ZICTA’s compliance with the Information Communication Technologies (ICT) law of 2009 and the Statutory Instrument (bylaw) on the Registration of Electronic Communication Apparatus No. 65 of 2011.

She said the registration will apply to each network’s SIM cards on pre-paid, post paid platforms and existing individual and corporate subscribers.

The registration process, Malunda said, will be administered by each mobile service provider.

Details to be submitted will include full name, National Registration Card Number, Driving license (for Zambian subscribers), passport or work-permit number (for Non Zambian Subscribers) and physical address.

So far, there has been no reaction from the country’s three mobile operators - MTN Zambia, Airtel Zambia and Zamtel - as to their ability or readiness to carry out the exercise. ZICTA itself has not said how much this exercise will cost and how much operators are supposed to invest in the technology that will be capturing the data.



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