Chiloba rules out extension of Sim card deregistration.
Communications Authority Director General, Ezra Chiloba rules out extension of sim card deregistration.
Speaking on a press release on Monday, October 17, Chiloba stated that he has given the telecommunications companies a 60-day window to ensure that all their customers comply to the new directive.
Chiloba explained that the 60-day window was for the companies to take action on those customers who are yet to comply by withdrawing specific services.
Chiloba stated,”All the Mobile Operators were by the midnight of 15th October 2022 expected to ensure that all subscribers had updated their Sim card registration details in line with the law. Taking into account the improved level of performance so far, Operators are directed to take additional steps to ensure 100 percent compliance in the next 60 days.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, the 60 days is not an extension, but a period for the mobile operators to take certain actions including denial of service to prompt further compliance,”Chiloba added.
This initiative will force all customers from different telecommunication companies to register their sim cards.
Chiloba said,”These steps include graduated denial of service to SIM card holders not duly registered and eventual deactivation. The services to be affected by this action include voice, SMS, data, and mobile banking services.”
“The Authority will undertake a compliance audit to ascertain the level of compliance. Any mobile operator found non-compliant shall be liable to regulatory measures including a penalty of up to 0.5 percent of their Annual Gross Turnover,” Chiloba added.
This exercise is expected to curb the cyber crime rate and fraudulent activities that are happening in the country.
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