The government of Cote d’Ivoire has extended the deadline for the second phase of its mobile user registration programme from end-March to 30 April. Authorities have 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. Cote d’Ivoire was home to around 32.7 million cellular subscribers at the end of 2017, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database.