UCC to hold talks on SIM registration

25 Jan 2013

Uganda’s telecoms watchdog the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) will hold talks with the nation’s cellcos regarding the SIM registration campaign. The Daily Monitor writes that with the campaign due to end at the end of February, millions of subscribers are still to register their SIMs, risking deactivation. The project, which aims to reduce the use of phones for criminal activities, has encountered a number of difficulties since its launch in March 2012 such as low public concern and a shortage of official identification documentation. Despite the delays, the UCC is reluctant to extend the deadline. Eng Mutabazi, UCC’s executive director, said: ‘As the regulator, we believe one year was enough. We have not at anytime thought of extending it. But let us wait for the meeting with telecoms next week. After this meeting, I will be able to give a clear picture on what is going to happen next.’ Spokespeople for Uganda’s seven wireless operators have called for an extension to the deadline, with Warid reporting that some 35% of its customers had not yet registered.