SIM registration policy under development

25 May 2011

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) plans to introduce SIM card registration in order to curb crime committed using mobile phones, The New Times reports. Regis Gatarayiha, director general of RURA, said the Ministry of ICT is currently working on a policy governing the issue of SIM registration; after this policy has been approved by the cabinet the process will be implemented within six months. The regulator has set 12 June 2012 as a deadline for SIM card registration. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Rwanda is currently home to two operational cellcos: South Africa’s MTN Rwanda, which is the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers with a total of 2.55 million customers at the end of 2010; and Millicom Rwanda (Tigo), owned by Luxembourg’s Millicom International Cellular (MIC), with just under 570,000 users. A third operator, Rwandatel, which is owned by Libyan government investment vehicle LAP Green Networks (80%) and the Social Security Fund of Rwanda (20%), had its licence cancelled by RURA last month for failure to meet licence obligations.

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