From Tanzania, telecommunications company Zantel has embarked on a consumer and general industry awareness programme focused on SIM card registration.
Local media have quoted Zantel CEO, Pratap Ghose, as saying that the programme was established with the objective of protecting subscribers from misuse of communications services and linking customers up with mobile banking and money transfer services.
Tanzania Daily News explains that SIM card registration is obligatory in accordance with the Electronics and Postal Communications Act (EPOCA) of 2010, according to which it is illegal to sell or distribute an unregistered SIM card.
According to the publication Ghose said, “This exercise will also ensure that all our existing customers and also new customers joining Zantel are properly informed and thus served better by our company.”
The law also bans the use of unregistered SIM cards, failure to record sale of SIM cards and providing false information in the process of SIM registration.
Chris Tredger – Online Editor