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Uganda: end of the road for unregistered SIM cards

August 27, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has confirmed that there will be no extension on the SIM card registration process deadline of 31 August. After this date all unregistered SIM cards will be deactivated.

Patrick Masambu, Executive Director, Uganda Communications Commission (Image source: Flickr)

Patrick Masambu, Executive Director, Uganda Communications Commission (Image source: Flickr)

In May this year The Commission issued a 90-day extension of the deadline.

From Kampala The Independent quotes Godfrey Mutabazi, The Commission’s Executive Director, as saying the regulatory body had given operators and telecommunications subscribers sufficient time.

According to the report the country’s Minister for Security, Mululi Mukasa, stated that there are over 16 million SIM cards that still have to be registered ahead of the deadline.

On the closure of the exercise, Minister Mukasa is reported to have said, “that means you cannot make a call, you will not be called, you cannot send or receive an sms.”

“Now it is up to the customer and telecom operators to rectify all pending or technical issues about the sim card registration process in a week’s time,” writes The Independent.

Information available on the UCC website explains that the SIM card registration process has been conducted to assist mobile service providers to know their customers better, to support law enforcement agencies identify SIM card owners and track criminals using this resource for illegal activities.

Staff Writer

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