Telecel subscribers told to register sim cards or risk disconnection in 3 days


Telecel Zimbabwe has issued a press release that says they have urged all subscribers whose SIM cards are not registered to do so within the next 3 days or risk being disconnected. Telecel are the only operator so far to react directly to a regulatory directive earlier this last month for all operators to disconnect unregistered SIMs.

The release though doesn’t say why we have such a problem when all this time operators were supposed to only enable SIM cards after the subscriber had registered. By now, the assumption was that after the registration campaign and disconnection deadline in early 2011, every active sim card would be pointing to an existing person. Not so clearly. And we don’t imagine it’s just a Telecel problem; the very fact the POTRAZ had to issue a directive points to a tip-of-the-iceburg situation here.