Unregistered SIMs to be banned from April

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The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has warned mobile phone users that they would not be able to use unregistered SIM cards starting from April this year.

This is according to MACRA’s statement which was released on Monday, January 22.

Mobile-PhoneThe Communications Act of 2016 gives MACRA the powers to enforce mandatory registration of SIM cards and generic numbers.

MACRA has since asked people to go to offices of their mobile phone network providers to have their cards registered.

“In collaboration with all phone companies in Malawi, MACRA is therefore calling upon the general public to go to their respective phone service providers to have their numbers registered by 31st March, 2018.

“Any number that is not registered by this date will automatically be barred from its network until registration is done,” reads part of MACRA’s statement.

The regulatory body has advised new subscribers to register upon acquisition of their numbers with the service provider, be it the phone company, distributor, agent or dealer of the electronic communications licensee, authorized to provide or sell generic numbers or SIM cards.

At the time of registration, people will be asked state their full name, gender, date of birth, identity card number, or any other document that proves the identity of the subscriber and residential and business or registered physical address of the subscriber.

Furthermore, people will be asked their legal entity, certificate of registration or incorporation, business licence and where applicable, tax payer identification certificate number.

Network providers will also ask from their customer’s passports, driving license or national ID for identification.

 

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