Rwanda: SIM Card Registration Kicks Off


On Monday 4th Febrary, the government officially launched nationwide registration of SIM cards, an exercise expected to last six months.

The event that saw telecom staff members, clad in their respective company uniforms emblazoned with messages calling for subscribers to register their SIM cards, started with an awareness campaign march from City centre roundabout to Kigali Serena Hotel for formal launch.

The deadline for the mobile phone subscribers to register their SIM cards is set July 31, according to the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (Rura), the implementing organ of the campaign.

Speaking at the event, François Regis Gatarayiha, the director-general of Rura, said SIM cards that will not have been registered by deadline will be deactivated and will only be restored once they have been registered.

He stated that people can register as many SIM cards as they want under their names as long as they use them and the registration is free of charge.

During the exercise, all new and existing mobile phone numbers will have to be registered to be activated on a network.

Presently, telecom operators' registering agents are deployed across the country to assist in the SIM card registration.

Rwanda was the only remaining member of the East African Community that had not implemented the process of SIM card registration. The registration is part of the regional exercise under the East Africa Communications Organisation (EACO).