Uganda prohibits the sale of SIM cards, phones and recharge cards in the street

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has banned the sale of SIM cards on the street, in line with its mission to protect the national telecoms market and consumers from wrongdoing by mobile phone. The information was unveiled on March 9, 2018 by Godfrey Mutabazi (photo), the executive director of the UCC, during a press briefing in Kampala.

The ban on the sale of SIM cards on the street is an additional measure of the telecom regulator to reduce the risk of mobile crime. It is in addition to the injunction made to telecom operators to deactivate unidentified SIM cards and UCC investigations with telecom companies to assess whether they strictly adhere to the subscriber identification process.

Also as part of its mission to protect the national telecom market and consumers, the regulator has also decided to ban the sale of phones and recharge cards in the street. Godfrey Mutabazi explained that any merchant who will now sell phones will have to register in advance with the UCC where a license will be granted. The aim is to prevent the proliferation in the country of counterfeit devices, the origin of which is difficult to trace.

Finally, with regard to communication credit, the telecoms regulator requires that customers now have to purchase it as a charging card from authorized stores or by Mobile Money.

Source: Agence Ecofin



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