Zambian mobile subscribers given two months to ‘clean up’ SIM registration details

8 Jan 2016

Zambia’s mobile subscribers have been given two months by the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) to update incorrect SIM card registration data or face permanent disconnection. According to ITWeb Africa, the sector regulator has issued a statement urging the public to check registration status with their respective mobile service providers, while noting that it had teamed up with all three local cellcos – MTN Zambia, Airtel Zambia and Zamtel Mobile – to ‘clean up’ registered SIM cards held by operators. Approximately one million SIM cards have been temporarily blocked by mobile operators for not being properly registered, and the ZICTA has said the clean-up is intended to address unclear photos, incorrect and incomplete information and other details on the IDs. In its statement on the matter, the ZICTA said: ‘Please be advised that all SIM cards deemed to have any of the problems highlighted will be permanently de-registered, if not corrected by 29 February 2016.’