UCC to fine, cancel telecom licences over SIM cards


Uganda Communications Commission [UCC] has given telecom companies one month to block all unregistered SIM cards or lose their licences.

SIM is an abbreviation for Subscriber Identity Module.

A SIM card is a valuable memory card, which stores all the information on your phone, like pictures, videos, and music and contact numbers.

“The Commission has given all telecom companies till 30th Nov, 2015 to block all unregistered SIM cards,” the commission said in a social media message.

“Failure to obey,” UCC warned, “the telecom companies will not only face a fine but equally have their licenses revoked.”

UCC specifically threatened to fine MTN Uganda over $1m for unlawful use of short codes.

The registration of SIM cards countrywide commenced on March 1, 2012.

The registration followed the enactment of the Interception of Communication Act which provides for the registration of existing SIM cards.

UCC, the regulatory body of the communications sector in Uganda, said SIM card registration aimed at fighting crime in Uganda.

There are at least seven registered telecommunication service providers in Uganda; MTN, Airtel, Warid, Orange, utl, Smiles and I-telecom.

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