Regulator deactivates five million unregistered lines

12 Dec 2016

Mozambique’s telecoms regulator, the Instituto Nacional de Comunicacoes de Mocambique (INCM), says it has now deactivated five million unregistered mobile phone accounts following the final deadline for users to log their details with their network provider. The registration process has dragged on for several years, with a number of extensions to the deadline, but Agence Ecofin reports the watchdog as confirming that the latest cut-off date of 30 November was the last date for registration and it has gone ahead and deactivated all ineligible accounts. Mozambique was home to around 18 million mobile users at the end of September, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, with the market served by three players: mCel, Movitel and Vodacom.