Kyrgyzstan’s State Communications Agency (SCA) has extended the pre-paid SIM registration deadline to 8 August 2015, following the failure of the country’s operators to meet the original 8 March target. SCA data reveals that by early March, the largest mobile operator by market share, Megacom, had registered just 52.0% (1.617 million) of the active SIMs on its network, while Sky Mobile, which operates under the Beeline brand, had registered 59.8% of its user base, equating to 2.542 million SIMs. Meanwhile, third-placed mobile operator by subscribers, Nur Telecom (branded as ‘O!’) has signed up 72.2% of its customer base, equivalent to 1.192 million users.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that compulsory SIM registration was introduced under government decree No. 97 ‘On approval of rules for the provision of mobile telecommunication services’, and entered into force on 8 March 2014. As per the original terms of the decree, all existing SIM card holders were expected to register their details within a year, or face disconnection.