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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  1. Mukawona kuti mupindulapo ndiye mumakafika ku midzi, nanga zimenezi bwanji wosatumiza anthu anu m’madera osiyanasiyana? Chifukwa zikuwoneka kuti ndi zabwino ndithu.

  2. Public Reformx Ya Xintha Magwede Amvula Bas The country Is Xo Abominable Tat God Has Forbiden N FotSeki It,satanism Basi Tsoka Iwe Uxintha Chlamulo Towardx 666 The Beast Figure N Micro Ship N Anti Christism mumatilowa pang'onopang'ono,God be with u in ending days of the world amen!!

  3. Kuchita register sim card ndikofunika kwambili chifukwa ambili amaba kudzela pa phone akamaliza umbava wawo amatha kutaya sim card akatelo umboni wasokonezeka pamene akapanga register amakupeza ndi ID imene unapangila register. panopa mwina ndi kumalawi kokha kumene mumangogula ma cim card osapanga register.

    • iweyo card lakolo ku joniko sunapange register koma unapeza yapanga kale register,nde kusiyana kwake ndikotani poti dzina ndi number yako sizigwirizana?

    • UKUCHITA KUNDIPANGILA NGATI UKUNDIDZIWA BWANJI. INETU KUNO KU SOUTH AFRICA SINDINAFIKE LELO AMALAWI TINANGOKULA KUZOLOWELA KUTSUTSA ZINTHU ZOTI SITIKUZIDZIWA. INE NDINABWELA KUNO KU RSA 1993 NDIPO NDINAPEZA ID ZA MANDELA 1996. KOMA ANGAKHALE ALIYESE OBWELA AMACHITA REGISTER NDI PASSPORT. IWE UKAMANENA YOPANGA-PANGA UKUNENAYO NDI IRIGO SIUNGAYENDELE PASSPORT MUNTHU YA MUNTHU WINA AKAKUGWILA NDI MILANDU. PALI ZINTHU ZINA AMALAWI KUMATHA KUVOMELEZA OSATI POPEZA ANATI TIDZITSUTSA NDIKUMANGOTSUTSA ZILIZOSE SIBWINO AI. IZI NDI ZOKOMELA ALIYESE KUCHEPETSA UMBAVA ODZELA MMA PHONE.

  4. Ine Muyese Ku Broka Nambala Yanga! Tikakumana Mukhoti Pa Section 21:” Every Person Shall Have The Right To Personal Privacy,which Shall Incude The Right Not To Be subject To – (a) searches of his or her person,home or property;(b) The seizure Of Private Possesions; or(c) Interference With Communications, including Mail And All Forms Of Communications”

  5. I think the companies they must do it automatically through their systems or else train their agent and then distribute them in various location especially most in the remote areas not us to visit them that’s bull shit!!

    • Palibeso m’bale kungoti anthu otsutsa pena pake mmutuso simuyenda bwino izi akupanga ndi wa ma company a phone sizikugutsa boma ai. maiko ambili amapanga ma card register. kungoti kumalawi mitsutso basi zomangotsutsa zilizose.

  6. Aaaaaaa za ziiii okay for what reasons? Munthu akapangise register asakuziwa ntchito yake? Masiku ano kuli technology aliyese ndi network yakeyo azimupangira register komko not ndikaleke ntchito zanga ati ndikukapangisa register sim card aaaaaaa amalawi y koma? Kuteloko mukufunaso muziba misonkho ina kupatura ma call plus crdt we always use? Shame on u!!!

  7. Paving a way for the World Prime Minister -in – the making from the EAST. Ife Kuno Ku MUST { United States Of Thyolo & Mulanje } kulibe ndipo sizizachitika kkkkk

  8. ichi ndie chamba,nthawi yachepa.poyamba aphunzitseni amalawi zakufunika kolembetsa ma simcard,muzindikire kuti amalawi amavuta kumvetsetsa zinthu ndipo izizi ena azilowetsa kundale.

    • I agree wth u ena pompa macomments awo onyoza cos they nid kuzindikiritsidwa ubwino wa sim registration maiko ngati zambia/tzed sungagwiritse ntchito sim wthout registration en ican see amalawife tachedwa nazo

  9. Who is responsible to register those sims? Munthu wakumudzi angathe kupita kwa service provider yet sim card anagula kumudzi komweko? Njala imenei do they think mphawi angakwanitse kupeza transport yopita ku shop ya service provider? Zaziii
    Tidzilemberana makalata basi, mkhale nawo ma sim anuwo

    • Koma kuti tinene chilungamo ndikumalawi kokha mwina kumene kumagogulidwa sim card osachita register. komaso kuchita register sizichita kutenga 10minits ai. izi zimathandizaso umbava chifukwa mma phone anthu akupangila business kubela wena akamaliza kuwabela wanthu akaona kuti tiyamba kufuzidwa amangosintha sim card. ndiye ukachita register ngakhale sim card usinthe amakupezabe ndi ID imene unapangila register.

    • Jafali I agree with you kuno timatsaliradi chonchi zilibwino kwambiri. Iwo potulutsa nkhaniyi wakumudzi amuganizira kale chifukwa akudziwa kut a Malawi ambiri ali m’mizi

    • IZI AMAPANGILATU PA TREDING PALIPOSE PAMAKHALA EGANT AMENE AMASONKHANA WANTHU NDIPO OPANGAYO AMANGOGWILITSA NTCHITO PHONE YAKE BASI SIZINTHU ZOTI ZIMATENGA NTHAWI YAITALI AI, CHIMODZI MODZI MUNTHU UKAMAKAPANGA SIM SWAP UKATAYA CARD KAPENA PHONE. NDIZOTHANDIZA KWA MUNTHU ALIYESE CHIFUKWA NDI CHITETETEZO NDIYE POPEZA AMALAWI TIKAPANDA KUTSUTSA TIMAONA NGATI MALUZI NDIYE KUMANGOTSUTSA ZILIZOSE.

    • Then if people will register while are home nde kut zili bwino. Though others thought am against the move but my point is aMalawi timapanga zinthu modzidzimukira. So ngat tidzipangira tili kunyumba then it’s ok. But if they may think kut tidzipita kuma service provider then it’s a doom to the ppo in the very remotest area.

    • elijah osaonesa umbuli apa.simcard ngati ili ndi bank account koma siili registered its easy scammers kukubera ndalama through simswap.ndipovuta kupanga simswap number phone yomwe ili ili registered ndima details aboza

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