Cote d’Ivoire’s Ministry of Communication, Digital Economy and Post has launched the second phase of its subscriber registration programme, giving mobile users and cyber-cafes six months to complete the updated identification process. Users must now present a valid national ID document (ID card, driving licence or passport) to confirm their details, Agence Ecofin reports. The latest registration scheme will run until 12 March 2018 and follows the government’s first registration project, which called for users to log basic details with their providers between 2012 and 2014.
Earlier this year authorities tightened the existing identification procedures; all registration processes must now take place at an authorised premises, which means SIM cards can no longer be offered by street sellers. Meanwhile, children under the age of 16 can no longer buy SIM cards, with registration only to be carried out via a legal guardian. In addition to the legislation aimed at increasing the security of mobile services, the government has introduced measures to ensure that all cyber-cafe users are identified.