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 Tuesday, January 19, 2016

MTN Nigeria, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has launched a campaign for the re-registration of its more than 60 million users, reports local newspaper the Daily Trust, citing MTN Nigeria’s new CEO Ferdi Moolman. Subscribers are being invited in batches to register their details at the firm’s SIM registration centres across the country. Last October MTN was fined by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for failing to meet a deadline to disconnect around 5.1 million unregistered subscribers. The NGN1.04 trillion (USD5.2 billion) penalty was subsequently reduced by 25% to NGN780 billion, but MTN failed to meet the 31 December 2015 payment deadline set by the NCC, and is now challenging the fine in the Federal High Court in Lagos.

In a separate development, Leadership Nigeria quotes Moolman as saying that MTN Nigeria is developing a framework for the integration of CDMA network operator Visafone, which was acquired by the South African group earlier this month. According to the executive, the new framework will include the roll out of 4G LTE services in key cities within the next twelve months.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 3:30:51 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The government of Mozambique has reportedly abandoned its plan to force the country’s mobile operators to register all SIM card users. Authorities have tried in vain for almost five years to ensure that all mobile subscribers have their details registered, but a number of deadlines have come and gone with few visible results. The three active cellcos, mCel, Vodacom and Movitel, are thought to have registered the details of only around half of the country’s twelve million mobile users by the end of 2014. A report from news agency APA now suggests that the Ministry of Transport and Communications is giving up on the scheme, with Minister Manuela Rebelo said to have labelled the task as ‘hopeless’.

Source: TeleGeography.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 1:56:11 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 06, 2014

Zambia’s minister of communications Yamfwa Mukanga has reiterated that SIM cards which remain unregistered as at 31 December 2013 will be deactivated, Biztech Africa reports. With the country having begun a SIM registration programme back in July 2013, in the following month the authorities set the date by which registrations must be complete; further, it was confirmed that from 15 November anyone found to have bought, sold or activated a SIM card without valid identification documents will be liable for prosecution. Speaking on the plans to stick to the deadline, Mr Mukanga was cited as saying: ‘I wish to request all those that have not registered their SIM cards to do so promptly and avoid being inconvenienced, come 1 January 2014.’

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, January 06, 2014 11:18:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |