NCA releases punitive actions for non-registered SIM cards

Ivan Fylla
Ivan Fylla
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The National Communications Authority (NCA) has released the punitive actions to be taken against unregistered SIM cards.

The on-going SIM registration exercise is scheduled to end on 30th September, 2022.

Persons who fail to register will suffer consequences.

As part of the punitive measures, the NCA said there would will be re-routing of all outgoing calls to IVR for a message to be played before all calls go through everyday.

Also, outgoing calls and Data Services for a sequential batch of numbers will be blocked for 48 hours (2 days) once a week on rotational basis.

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“Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) shall divide the Unregistered SIMS into five (5) batches for the purpose of implementing this punitive measure.

“These measures shall exclude blocking of SMS to give defaulting subscribers the opportunity to initiate registration if they so wish.

“Subscribers who fully register their SIM Cards within the period they have been blocked will only be unblocked by the MNOs after the 48 hours to avoid the MNOs tampering with their systems intermittently,” the NCA said in a statement dated September 2.

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