Tanzania starts blocking unregistered SIM cards

22 Jan 2020

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has begun blocking unregistered customers from accessing mobile services, following the conclusion of its biometric SIM registration programme on 20 January. Since that date, which was extended from an earlier deadline of 31 December 2019, over 656,091 SIMs have been barred by network operators, the regulator’s Director General James Kilaba told state-run Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation. He added that additional unregistered subscribers are set to be blocked in phases.

According to a company press release, mobile market leader Vodacom Tanzania has so far barred 157,000 of its unregistered customers from accessing services. The firm’s Managing Director Hisham Hendi urged customers affected by the move to visit one of Vodacom’s more than 35,000 service points across the country to register their lines and continue using the company’s services.