Mozambique's Mobile Operators In Trouble Over Unregistered SIM Cards

Mozambique's communications industry regulator ARECOM has given the country's three mobile phone service operators ten days to fix the issue of unregistered SIM cards or face legal sanctions.

The regulator has accused Vodacom, Movitel, and mCel of violating the government's SIM card registration regulation that was introduced in 2015.

The spokesperson for the National Communications Institute of Mozambique (INCM), Edmundo Manhica said that there is still an overwhelming number of unregistered SIM cards being used in the country.

Manhica noted that mobile phone users have a legal responsibility to register their SIM cards and to notify the authorities of any indiscretions committed by mobile phone operators.
He added that recently, ARECOM had been receiving information about the existence of cards with irregular registrations or unregistered SIM cards.

Massingue Apala, INCM's Director of Postal and Telecommunications Services, previously claimed that the objective of registering SIM cards was to promote responsible usage of telephones and also guarantee the protection of Mozambican citizens.

Local authorities claim that the criminals involved in the wave of kidnappings in Mozambique since 2011 use unregistered SIM cards to phone their victims' relatives and demand ransom.

According to the country's law, any operator that is found guilty of failing to register their clients could face a penalty of US$120, 000.

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