‘20%’ of Tajikistan’s SIM cards deactivated in registration purge

10 Aug 2017

More than two million unregistered pre-paid mobile SIM cards, or roughly 20% of the country’s total SIMs, have been disconnected in Tajikistan following the completion of the national re-registration programme which was launched last year, according to Eurasian ICT website Digital.Report, quoting an announcement from the deputy head of the telecoms regulator, the Communication Service under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan.

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that Tajikistan’s main cellcos Babilon-M, MegaFon, Beeline and Tcell began the re-registration of all SIM owners’ identities in October-November 2016, in accordance with a government ruling of April that year, with a June 2017 deadline. The state ruling – aimed at improving national security – also provided for tighter regulation of the sale of new SIM cards, which now require a buyer’s identity to be confirmed, whilst imposing a maximum of two active SIM cards per individual customer.