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RICA: Vodacom blocks one million SIM cards

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South African mobile cellular network Vodacom, has described the just-ended SIM card registration process as a huge success.


Responding to questions from ITNewsAfrica on 8 July 2011, Vodacom says about one million SIM cards out of an estimated 27 million were blocked, citing failure by customers to comply with the RICA Act (Regulation of Interception of Communications Act).

Vodacom Executive Head of Media Relations, Richard Boorman says the RICA cut off went ahead as planned with just under one million SIMs being locked.

“Overall the process, which has lasted two years ran smoothly. All cut-off customers need to do is register at any Vodacom approved outlet,” says Boorman.

He urged new Vodacom customers to buy Vodacom SIM cards from approved outlets

“Customers are reminded that in order to buy a SIM they will need to take along their green bar-coded ID book and a recent proof of address to ensure successful RICA registration,” says Boorman.

Savious Kwinika

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