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Burkina Faso Clamps Down on Unregistered SIM Cards

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The telecoms regulator in the West African country of Burkina Faso is to clamp down on the sales of unregistered SIM cards by retailers in the country.

In a statement, the regulator, AECEP said that the requirement that customers prove their ID before being offered mobile services was introduced in 2010, but expectations have not been met.

The regulator says that of the three mobile networks, Airtel has registered 90% of its customers, Telecel 94% and Telmob 95%.

From October, the networks will be banned from supplying pre-activated SIM cards and activation will have to be carried out after the customer has verified their identity with the network.

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