Mexican govt considering new pre-paid SIM registration push

16 Jan 2020

Over a decade after its previous – subsequently abandoned – attempt to register pre-paid SIM cards in Mexico, the government is said to be considering a fresh registration initiative. As per local press reports, the new attempt is being spearheaded by the Secretariat of Public Safety and Protection (Secretaria de Seguridad y Proteccion Ciudadana, SSPC), which cites the growing threat of extortion as a pressing concern.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, a requirement for Mexican pre-paid mobile phone users to register their details with network operators became law in February 2009, coming into effect from April that year, giving service providers one year (until April 2010) to register their existing customer base and collect proof of identity for all new sales. SIM card registration was repealed in 2012, however, after a policy assessment found that it had not helped the prevention, investigation and prosecution of associated crimes.