Telecom

Sim card registration to begin in Lesotho next June 24

Saturday, 21 May 2022 06:49
Sim card registration to begin in Lesotho next June 24

(Ecofin Agency) - In recent years, the number of cybercrimes committed via mobile phones has exploded in Africa. Several countries have issued sim card registration laws to curb the phenomenon. Lesotho is the latest of those countries. 

In Lesotho, telecom operators will launch sim card registration next June 24. The operation, which will take place over twelve months, was enacted in the country’s Communications (Subscriber Identity Module Registration) Regulations 2021.

Vodacom Lesotho and Econet Lesotho, the country's two main operators explain that they are ready and the operation will begin as scheduled. "We contributed to what has now been enacted as law and we would like to let our customers know that we are ready to start the registration on the said date. We will start with the piloting process which will be to make sure that the processes and devices we have bought are effective to start rolling out the registration countrywide," said Mohale Ralebitso (photo), managing director general of Vodacom Lesotho.

During the registration process, the National Identity and Civil Registry will be used to check the authenticity of identity cards presented by users. Corporate sim cards must also be registered in the name of a proxy. At the end of the process, no-registered cards will be deactivated. 

In December 2021, Lesotho’s parliament approved the Subscriber Identity Module & Mobile Device Registration bill, which it previously rejected asking for further consultation with stakeholders.  Since then, network operators have been investing to ensure the process runs smoothly. Vodacom says it has already invested US$8.1 million to prepare for the launch. Namely, it informs, new staff was recruited and equipment purchased.  

By launching the Sim card registration process, Lesotho will join several African countries such as Kenya and Nigeria, which have developed and implemented telecom subscriber registration policies. South Africa is currently preparing a similar process. These initiatives reflect the ambition of governments to combat cybercrime, which is on the rise across the continent.

SIM card registration is strategic for operators and countries because it allows them to know who are the real sim card owners. It can help avoid sim boxing and allow security agencies to quickly arrest scammers, kidnappers, terrorists, and the like.  

Isaac K. Kassouwi





 
Finance


 
Public Management


Ecofin Agency covers the news from 9 business sectors in Africa: Public management, Finance, ICT, Agribusiness, Electricity, Mining, Oil and Gas, Comms and Laws. Ecofin Agency is also creating and management specialized medias, in paper and on the web/social networks, for institutions or African publishers.

AGENCE ECOFIN

Mediamania Sarl
Rue du Léman, 6
1201 Genève
Tél: +41 22 301 96 11

REDACTION
redaction@agenceecofin.com

Public management
Aaron AKINOCHO
Borgia KOBRI
Moutiou ADJIBI

Finance
Idriss LINGE
Walid KEFI
Chamberline MOKO

Agribusiness
Espoir OLODO

Electricity
Gwladys JOHNSON

Oil and Gas
Olivier DE SOUZA

Mining
Louis-Nino KANSOUN

ITC 
Muriel EDJO

Comms
Servan AHOUGNON

Cameroon
Brice R. MBODIAM
Sylvain ANDZONGO
Monique MAY
Julienne Rose SENDE

Togo
Fiacre E. KAKPO
Waliyullah TAJUDEEN
Séna AKODA

Niger
Sandrine GAINGNE

Gabon
Stephane BILLE
Pierre-Celestin ATANGANA

Desk
Stéphane ALIDJINOU
Souha TOURE
Vahid CODJIA
Diane ZODEHOUGAN
Hikmatu BILALI

Translation
Schadrac AKINOCHO
Mouka MEZONLIN
Firmine AÏZAN



Digital
Omar SOKHNA
Mamadou DIOP
Bacary MANE
Abdel Razak MOULIOM

Digital Marketing
Jérémie FLAUX
Geraud ACHI
Jean Christian BERNARD
Franck FOUTE

Web publishing
Bakoly RAHARISOA
Rina RAMANANDRAISOA
Hasina RAJEMISON

Development
Dominique FLAUX

 


 
REGIE COMMERCIALE
AGENCE ECOFIN
Rue du Léman, 6
1201 Genève
Tél: +41 22 301 96 11
Fax: +41 22 301 96 10

Benjamin FLAUX
bf@agenceecofin.com 
Tél: +41 22 301 96 11 
Mob: +41 78 699 13 72

Voir page 
Nos services
 

 










 



Ecofin Agency is a news agency for economic and sectorial information. It was created in 2010 and it website was launched in June 2011.

Please publish modules in offcanvas position.