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Cambodian cellcos given final SIM registration deadline of 22 March

18 Mar 2016

The Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia (TRC) has extended the deadline for mobile phone users to register their SIM cards, following a request by the country’s wireless operators. The Khmer Times reports that mobile service providers must now ensure that the details of their pre-paid customers are registered by 22 March – extended from the original deadline of 22 December – following which wireless operators will be required to deactivate any unregistered numbers.

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that in September 2015, as part of a government crackdown on unregistered SIM cards, Cambodia ruled that subscribers must register their details with their services provider or at a police station within three months, or face the disconnection of their service. At the time of the announcement, the National Police’s deputy chief, Chhay Sinarith, claimed that up to 70% of the country’s roughly 20 million SIM cards were unregistered.

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