PURA enforcing mid-June deadline for SIM registration

16 May 2012

Gambia’s Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) has confirmed that it will block all unregistered mobile SIM cards which remain at the 15 June deadline which it has set for the country’s mandatory user registration scheme. Director general of PURA, Abdoulie Jobe, explained that unregistered users will at that date be unable to use voice services, although they will continue to be able to send and receive text messages, until an unspecified date when their account will be deactivated. Jobe did not clarify whether or not users have a final chance to unblock their lines by registering after the mid-June deadline. In April 2011 the government issued an executive order which mandated Gambia’s four GSM operators to register all pre-paid SIM owners.