UCC orders telcos to deactivate all unregistered SIMs

Jason McGee-Abe
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The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has issued a directive to all telecom companies to deactivate all unregistered or partially registered phone SIM-cards by midnight tonight

“All non-registered and partially registered sim cards on the various networks must be deactivated by midnight of 29th March 2017,” Godfrey Mutabazi, UCC executive director, said to media today. The directives were handed to the operators at a meeting yesterday, which cited security concerns.

The order affects all pre-activated SIM-cards being sold on the streets. Registration for a SIM-card will from midnight tonight be open only to customers with either a National Identity Card or passport.

“The only customer identification documents valid for the purpose of sim-card registration shall be the National Identification Cards and valid passports. If you have more than one SIM card, you will have to provide proof of how you are to use them. If you’re buying it for your son, you have to provide a birth certificate to show the relationship,” added Mutabzi, according to the Matooke Republic.

The telecom operators on their part requested access to the National ID database for verification of subscribers and SIM registration. GTB