Botswana to Commence Registration of Pre-paid Mobile Phones

Telecoms

The registration of pre-paid mobile subscribers will begin on 15 September 2008. This was determined by the Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) after due consultations with the three Public Telecommunications Operators (PTOs) – Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC), Mascom Wireless Botswana (Pty) Ltd and Orange Botswana (Pty) Ltd.

Accordingly, the BTA has given the three PTOs a two-month period that is, from 14 July 2008 to 14 September 2008 (both dates inclusive) to set up all the necessary processes and related systems.

Thereafter, the three PTOs will start the actual registration which is expected to last for fifteen (15) months (15 September 2008 – 31 December 2009) for new and existing sim-card holders. At the end of the fifteen months registration period, subscribers who would not have registered will be disconnected and they will have to purchase new sim-cards to be registered.

The BTA wishes to inform the general public that the registration of pre-paid mobile subscribers is a licence requirement for the three PTOs and is in line with international best practices. The PTOs who use agents for pre-paid mobile business will have to ensure that their agents abide by this order as provided for in their respective licences.

The Guidelines on registration of pre-paid customers will be available from the PTOs.