Ministry warns of continued sale of pre-registered SIMs

16 Sep 2020

Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) has issued a fresh warning to customers not to purchase SIM cards that have been pre-registered, less than three months after the authority blocked ‘millions’ of SIMs. In a statement from the MOTC, the regulator noted that pre-registered SIMs were still being sold illegally by vendors. As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the MOTC tightened restrictions on the sale and registration of SIMs in early 2019 by limiting the number of SIMs that could be linked to a National Registration Card (NRC) to just two in an attempt to close a loophole created by previous legislation. In February 2020 it launched a re-registration drive, giving users until 30 June 2020 to correctly register their SIMs with their provider, following which the unregistered SIMs were disconnected.