Twenty Percent of Ugandan SIM Cards Face Disconnection
Published on: 31st May 2013
By: Simon Davies
Around 20 percent of Uganda's SIM cards are still unregistered as the country prepares to shut down all unregistered accounts. On average when a country enforces SIM card registration around 10 percent of the currently active SIM cards are cut off.
Local media reported that the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) held meetings with the mobile networks to discuss how it will handle the validation process for the registered SIM cards.
There are about 17 million mobile phone users, which means about 13.7 million accounts have been registered to date. The main obstacle to registration has been the lack of ID documents by many customers.
The registration requirement has also been criticized for costing too much - with some estimates putting the registration process at US$40 million.
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