Senegal: ARTP gives 4m unregistered mobile subscribers one week to fall into line
18 November 2016
Senegal’s telecoms watchdog the Authority of Regulation of Telecommunications and Posts (L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et des Postes, ARTP) has confirmed that the deadline for mobile network operators (MNOs) to confirm the identification and verification of their subscribers’ details closed as planned on 11 November 2016.
At that date, however, some four million unidentified SIM cards were still in circulation out of a total mobile base of around 15 million users. In light of the high number of unregistered SIMS, the regulator has decided to grant MNOs one more week to allow latecomers to fall into line before their cards are deactivated.
ARTP director Abdou Karim Sall has warned that there will be no more extensions, noting that ‘from next week, any customer who has not been identified will have their card suspended’, effective 19 November 2016.