MOTC issues SIM registration reminder

24 Jun 2020

Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) has issued a statement reminding users to re-register their SIM cards by the 30 June deadline, when unregistered SIMs will be deactivated. The Ministry launched the re-registration drive in February this year to help protect the security of mobile financial services, prevent phone-related crime and to crackdown on incorrectly registered SIMs. The MOTC noted at the time that sellers frequently pre-registered SIMs to simplify sales, particularly in cases were prospective customers lacked the necessary identification card, and consequently many SIMs were not properly linked to the user. As part of the move, the MOTC imposed a limit of two SIMs per operator per national identification card. Unregistered SIMs were partially blocked from 30 April, with outgoing calls limited to the SIM registration call centre.