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25 July, at 07 : 59 AM Print
As the deadline of the simcard registration looms, the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) maintains that there will be no extension of the July 31, 2013 registration deadline.
According to the head of communications and media regulation department at RURA Jean Baptiste Mutabazi numbers that will have not registered on the due date will be switched-off.
Statistics from RURA show that that up to date over 5 million SIM cards, 87 percent of those in use have been registered, the remaining over 800, 000 including those of people abroad are yet to be registered. People abroad were provided with the option of online registration.
The MTN website has an option of online SIM card registration for those in foreign countries. Other companies said they have no clients who stay for long periods abroad.
Those carrying out the registration process say that people are participating in the registration exercise than before.
“More people are currently participating in the exercise because they are aware of the deadline now realize its importance,” said Aime Mwizerwa who works at the MTN outlet in Remera, Kigali.
Currently, MTN has 3,522,555 subscribers; Tigo has 1,876,506 subscribers while Airtel has 873,631 subscribers.
The registration exercise is as a result of the EAC resolution where all countries agreed to implement the Sim Card Registration (SCR), which is related to the security of mobile subscribers. It is intended to fight mobile-based crimes in the region.
More benefits that come with registration include easy SIM swap as well as mobile transactions because people’s credentials will be on file. Tracking phone theft will also be easier.
The other EAC countries that have implemented the SCR so far are Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda.