Law tightens up SIM purchasing, ISP licensing

20 Jan 2014

The Ukrainian parliament on 16 January adopted a ‘Procedural law on additional measures to protect the safety of citizens’, which requires personal identification such as a passport for all pre-paid mobile SIM card purchases from 1 May 2014, while all telecoms operators providing a service using SIM cards (or other user identification cards) are now obliged to enter into ‘contracts’ with customers. As reported by Bizliga, the law reads: ‘The provision of telecommunications services using telecommunication identification cards is carried out on the basis of contractual agreement between the operator of telecommunications and the consumer of telecommunications services in accordance with the legislation.’ The new act also reintroduces more formalised licensing of internet access services; until now, internet service providers (ISPs) have only been required to register their details with the National Commission for the State Regulation of Communications and Informatization (NCCIR); TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that mandatory licensing for all ISPs in Ukraine was cancelled at the start of 1998 to stimulate growth in the internet market.