Unregistered SIM Cards Still Able to Make Calls in Uganda
Published on: 15th Jan 2014
Note -- this news article is more than a year old.
By: Ian Mansfield
Ugandan mobile phone users are still able to use unregistered SIM cards some five months after that was supposed to have been banned.
The networks were supposed to block unregistered SIM cards from the end of last August. However, a local newspaper says that is has seen evidence that the blocking is not fully operational.
According to an investigation by the New Vision newspaper, customers from three of the five mobile networks are able to make voice calls and text text messages without registering their details with the networks.
The newspaper did not reveal which three networks were still allowing unauthorised calls to be made.
"We have already finished SIM card registration. If the operators are allowing people to use mobile phones without registering numbers then that is illegal," Godfrey Mutabazi, the UCC executive director told the newspaper.
It had been estimated that around 1.5 million SIM Cards were cut off when the deadline for registration expired on the 31st August 2013.
On the web: New Vision