Morocco to Require Prepay SIM Card Registration

Telecoms

Morocco s telecoms regulator ANRT has announced that mobile networks offering PrePay SIM Cards will need to validate their customer s identification from the start of April

In a statement, the regulator announced the polcy, which it said applies to both GSM and 3G customers, and banned the sale of pre-activated SIM cards.

Retailers will be required to collect the CNI number from the customer, or another suitable form of identification first.

The mobile networks are to also set up a process for collecting the identifications from their existing customer base. They have been given a year to secure the id of all their existing customers.

Although the specifics were not laid out in the statement, the regulator said that some process for cutting off unregistered SIM cards can be expected from April 2015.