Uganda: SIM card registration kicks off in March


The registration of SIM cards countrywide commences on March 1 2012, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has revealed.

The registration follows the enactment of the Interception of Communication Act which provides for the registration of existing SIM cards.

According to UCC, all new and existing mobile phone numbers will have to be registered to be activated on a mobile network in Uganda. “The cutoff date for SIM card registration for existing mobile subscribers is 1st March 2013,” said Fred Otunnu, the UCC manager of communication and consumer affairs.

There are at least seven registered telecommunication service providers in Uganda; MTN, Airtel, Warid, Orange, utl, Smiles and I-telecom. Otunnu pointed out that the above service providers were under obligation to ensure smooth sim- card registration from various designated customer care service centers spread across the country.

“The bottom line is that the service provider is to make the registration less cumbersome by having many registration places,” he said. No multiple registrations will be accommodated.  “Those with multiple SIM-cards have to register all the lines by March 1 2013. Those who don’t will have breached the law and will have their phones deactivated,” he said.