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Sim Card Registration

Friday, 31st March 2017

Following the March 29 deadline to switch off and deactivate all non-registered SIM cards, the regulating body, the Uganda Communications Commission together with the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen. Kale Kayihura. held a meeting with Telecom Operators on a few emerging Issues. It was agreed that:

  • Street vending of SIM cards is illegal and the ban on it remains;
  • Police, together with UCC and the licensed operators, work together to arrest any person found selling cards on the streets;
  • SIM cards to be sold only in gazetted customer service centres;
  • Time for validating earlier registered numbers will be agreed upon after meeting with the National Identification Registration Authority (NIRA);
  • Database reconciliation/verification to be done by operators in liaison with NIRA. Discussions on the time frames in which this can be done will be discussed in the follow-up meeting;
  • Refugees must produce an official ID from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) before they are registered or otherwise allowed to buy a SIM card, and;
  • National ID and Passport remain the only acceptable Identifying document to get a new card.

The Commission will update the general public on any developments.

Godfrey Mutabazi