04 Dec Congo: ARPCE initiates new identification of telecom subscribers
Since November 30, 2017, a new campaign to identify subscribers to telecom services has been conducted in the Republic of Congo. Under the aegis of the Regulatory Agency for Posts and Electronic Communications (ARPCE), in collaboration with mobile operators operating in the country, this new operation is justified by the proliferation of SIM cards pre-activated on the market and a loosening of telecom companies in the registration of their customers.
According to Yves Castanou (photo), the director general of ARPCE, a half-dozen networks specialized in telephone fraud by SIMBOX, using SIM cards fraudulently identified, was dismantled for the year 2017. For the boss of the national telecommunications market regulator, the proliferation of these illegal networks clearly demonstrates that the security provisions of the telecommunications networks, enacted by the International Telecommunication Union and taken by the government are not respected. Yves Castanou reminded telecom operators of their obligations in terms of identification and announced repressive measures against any offender at the end of the current campaign.
The last campaign to identify subscribers to telecom services in the Congo, dates back to 2011. At the end of this previous operation, in October, Yves Castanou had indicated that 92% of mobile subscribers had been identified throughout the country. extent of the national territory.
Source: Agence Ecofin