Benin's mobile users will be required to re-register, minister claims

12 Jul 2016

A report on the website of the Office of Radio & Television Benin (ORTB) quotes the Republic’s Interior Minister Sacca Lafia as saying that mobile subscribers will once again be required to register their identities alongside their phone number/SIM card with their network operators, for national security reasons. The minister made the statement on 10 July during a broadcast on private radio station Frisson Radio, adding that alongside the requirements for a user to provide an identity card to register their name, their fingerprints and photo will be stored with their SIM card details. The minister also said that the scheme would be aimed at limiting multiple SIM ownership by individuals, whilst juveniles could own a SIM with parental consent.

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Benin’s previous scheme to register all mobile users came into effect in June 2011, under which existing subscribers were told to provide official identification to their operators, or risk the deactivation of their SIMs, whilst ID was also officially required to purchase a new SIM card (although no deadline was set at the time for existing customers to register before disconnection).