SIM cards to be sold at designated outlets

The compulsory SIM card registration will be effected beginning with the regulation of the selling of SIM cards.

Chief executive officer of National Information and Communication Authority, Charles Punaha, announced that SIM cards will be strictly sold at designated outlets starting this week.

These outlets will register the cards upon purchase.

“We will publish a public notice advising the mobile service operators, sales outlets and general public that between now and April 30th 2018, new SIM cards will only be sold at outlets where SIM cards can be registered,” stated Punaha.

“This is because this practice is also compounding the processing of us trying to get subscribers registered.”

Meanwhile, NICTA has issued short codes for subscribers to use to check the status of their SIM cards; whether or not they have been registered.

Digicel customers are encouraged to use *888# while *222# has been set up for bmobile and Telikom subscribers.

Carolyn Ure