Mauritanian cellcos fined for SIM registration errors

17 Feb 2017

Mauritania’s three mobile operators – Mauritel, Mattel and Chinguitel – have been fined a combined MRO417.2 million (USD1.2 million) for failing to implement subscriber registration measures. Since 1 July 2016 operators have been obliged to register user details when activating a new mobile SIM card in order to help combat crime and terrorism, but the country’s telecoms watchdog, Autorite de Regulation (ARE), says there have been ‘breaches of commitments’. According to a report from Agence Ecofin, Maroc Telecom subsidiary Mauritel has been fined MRO286.0 million, Tunisie Telecom subsidiary Mattel will pay MRO54.5 million and Sudanese-backed Chinguitel must hand over MRO76.7 million. Almost 400,000 unregistered accounts have so far been deactivated by the three cellcos.