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Malawi — MACRA Urges Mobile Phone Users To Register SIM Cards Or Face Disconnection By April

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has introduced mandatory SIM card registration in the country to get information of mobile phone users, and has issued a statement to mobile phone users that any unregistered SIM cards will be disconnected on 1 April 2018.

MACRA is sounding sounding this warning to the general public, urging them to go to their respective phone service providers to have their numbers registered before on the 31of March 2018.

Any number not registered by the end of March 2018 will automatically be disconnected on April 1 2018, until the registration is carried out.

MACRA urged new subscribers to register their SIM cards immediately after acquiring their numbers, regardless the source it was acquired from, be it the phone company, distributor, agent or dealer authorised to provide or sell generic numbers or SIM cards.

Malawi launched this compulsory SIM identification campaign in June 2017, with the aim of preventing the use of mobile phones for criminal purposes.

To register new Sim cards users are required to fill in the spaces for full names, gender, date of birth, residential or business address as well as identity card number.

This campaign follows the introduction of the Communications Act No. 34 of 2016, which list the requirements of mobile phone users and service providers concerning the registration and use of SIM cards.