Kyrgyzstan’s National Communications Agency (NCA) has announced that all non-registered SIMs will be disconnected from 1 February 2016; the regulator noted that 345,000 SIMs remained unregistered as at end-December 2015.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, compulsory SIM registration was introduced under government decree No. 97 ‘On approval of rules for the provision of mobile telecommunication services’, which entered into force on 8 March 2014. SIM card holders were expected to register their details within a year – i.e. by 8 March 2015 – or face disconnection. Due to the cellco’s collective failure to meet the deadline, the timeframe was subsequently extended to 8 August, then 1 October 2015.