Mozambique cellcos face fines over failure of SIM registration

13 Jul 2015

The government of Mozambique has published a new decree under which mobile operators will be fined if they fail to register the details of all SIM card users. Obligatory SIM card registration was introduced in 2010, but cellcos are thought to have only registered the details of around half of the country’s twelve million mobile users by the end of 2014. Earlier this year the government gave operators 30 days in which to complete the registration but once again the operators failed to encourage their customers to carry out the sign-up process. According to a report from, authorities now say that any firm which has more than 100,000 unregistered users on its network will face a fine of up to MZN6 million (USD157,000), while irregular registration could incur fines of MZN4 million and refusal by operators to provide information on the registration process would warrant a fine of MZN3 million. Mozambique is home to three mobile network operators: mCel, Vodacom and Movitel.