Close up of cell phone and sim card
Close up of cell phone and sim card

Foreigners will be required to have their simcards for mobile phones usage registered for only 90 days according to new measures announced by Zambia’s information and technology regulator on Tuesday.

The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority said it has directed all mobile phone service operators to amend their records in the simcard registration database for foreigners, refugees and citizens in order to sanitize mobile subscriber information registration and reinforce security in the Information and Communication Technology sector.

Edward Mulenga, acting manager-corporate communications said among the new requirements were that all foreigners will have their simcards activated for only 90 days regardless of usage.

He said in a statement that foreigners who would want to have their simcards registered for more than 90 days will have to provide proof of longer stay in the country.

He said foreigners will also be required to register their simcards using addresses of where they are lodging, inviting entity or their employers and have a mandatory entry in the nationality field of the sim registration dataset.

The deadline for implementation of the new measures is effective June 30, 2019, he added.

The regulator has also directed mobile phone operators to start preparing for biometric capture of all their subscribers with effect from Jan. 1, 2020 and that the regulator will also introduce biometric standards to be followed by all operators.

The operators have also been directed to conduct a cleanup of their simcard registration database in order to get rid of inactive subscribers. Enditem

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