Unregistered Zim Mobile Subscribers Face Disconnection

Harare, July 9, 2014 – Unregistered mobile phone subscribers face disconnection by service providers in line with statutory regulations gazetted in June. 

The regulations, which compel all mobile phone subscribers to register their sim card, were revised in a Statutory Instrument 95 of 2014 that was gazetted on the 14th of June. 

The postal and telecommunications regulations also oblige service providers to disconnect all unregistered customers by Saturday the 12th of July. 

Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) Acting Director General, Mr Alfred Marisa told the ZBC News that the regulations were initially set last year but consultations with the parliamentary legal committee had been overlooked, leading to a reconsideration.

The registration drive is intended to enhance security and protect the public from criminals using unregistered sim cards.

Some mobile network operators have since made user registration a pre-requisite before buying sim-cards.

The country now has a mobile subscriber base of about 14 million and mobile penetration rate of 103 percent. 

This has been driven by mobile phone users operating or owning more than one sim card. 

Fixed line subscribers were numbered at 307000 as of March 2014.