Mobile users must register details by February 2010

11 Dec 2009

Niger’s telecoms regulator, the Autorite de Regulation Multisectorielle (ARM), has asked all mobile phone users to register their details by February 2010, the Panafrican News Agency reports. The watchdog said the aim of the programme is to combat crime being carried out through mobile phones. ‘We have had many cases of frauds, threats, intimidations, blackmails, abuses and other types of behaviours through mobile phones,’ ARM Chairman Mallam Issoufou said. In 2008 the government passed a decree requiring all mobile users to be registered. However, the report states that no mobile operators have yet complied with the rule. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, the wireless market in Niger is home to four cellcos: market leader Zain Niger, with a market share of 66% at 30 September 2009; Orange Niger (15.9%); Moov Niger (13%); and SahelCom (5%).