Mozambique regulator claims millions of SIMs still not registered

2 Sep 2016

Mozambique’s telecoms regulator, the National Communications Institute (INCM), is claiming that there are still up to three million unregistered SIM cards being used in the country, despite operator efforts to ensure that all customers have logged their details. While the registration process rumbled on for several years with no firm action being taken, the government eventually set a deadline of 28 November 2015 for all users to register their details or face deactivation of their account. It also stipulated that all accounts opened after that date would need to register before a service could be switched on. Subsequently, in March this year Mozambique’s three cellcos – mCel, Movitel and Vodacom – said that between them they had disconnected one million unregistered accounts. According to AllAfrica, the INCM is now saying, however, that each of the operators could have up to one million unregistered lines apiece, and that it will begin blocking unregistered SIMs from 3 September.