Mozambican telecoms regulator Instituto Nacional das Comunicacoes (INCM) has proposed compulsory SIM card registration for the country’s mobile phone subscribers. According to a report in Mediafax, the INCM sent a draft bill to the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers requesting that it becomes obligatory for mobile phone operators to register anyone who purchases a pre-paid SIM card.
The calls for SIM card registration come in the wake of widespread riots in Maputo and Matola this month, which were reportedly co-ordinated by text message. In the aftermath of the riots the INCM imposed a controversial three-day text message suspension on the country’s mobile operators. INCM Managing Director Americo Muchanga commented: ‘There are several advantages. For example, without registration you can’t have access to mobile phone banking and other financial services. Registration is advantageous for anybody who is not a criminal’.