Cameroon launches new SIM identity drive

15 Dec 2015

Cameroon’s Telecommunications Regulatory Board (ART) is set to launch a new national drive to register the nation’s mobile telephony subscribers, reports Business in Cameroon. The campaign, which will begin on 21 December, is aimed at preventing criminal and terrorist activities. The regulator has called on the country’s operators – MTN, Orange, Viettel (Nexttel) and CamTel – to update their subscriber databases, following which any unidentified or incompletely registered subscriber lines will be deactivated.

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that a new decree was introduced in September 2015 to reinforce and clarify the procedures related to the identification of mobile subscribers in the country. The new rules prohibit the sale of SIM cards by street dealers, meaning that mobile operators must set up authorised retail outlets or sign official partnership deals with retailers to sell SIMs. In addition, the decree limits subscriber SIM ownership to three cards per operator.