Tanzania extends SIM registration, fines cellcos for poor QoS

2 Jan 2020

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has extended the deadline for biometric SIM card registration to 20 January 2020, reports The Citizen. The original deadline for mobile phone customers to register their details was 31 December 2019 but has been pushed back to enable the remaining subscribers to conclude the process, following which any unregistered SIM cards will be disconnected.

In a separate development, the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has fined six operators a total of TZS5.9 billion (USD2.6 million) for failing to meet quality of service (QoS) standards in Q3 2019. The penalties have been issued to Airtel Tanzania (TZS1.6 billion), Tanzania Telecommunication Corporation (TZS1.6 billion), Viettel Tanzania (operating as Halotel, TZS900 million), Zanzibar Telecommunication (TZS850 million), Millicom Tanzania (Tigo, TZS500 million) and Vodacom (TZS450 million).