Six Tanzanian operators fined for flouting SIM registration rules

Six Tanzanian operators fined for flouting SIM registration rules

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has imposed fines on six mobile operators for Sim registration.

On the 14th of July, the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) fined six telecom operators for violating subscriber registration rules. 

Violations include operators registering SIM cards with unauthorised identity cards and registering SIM cards without taking photos of subscribers as well as registering subscribers whose Identification details could not be traced back to the database. According to TCRA, the operators have been fined previously for the same offence. The telecos have been given until 14 October 2017 to pay the fines.

Airtel Tanzania Ltd has been ordered to pay a total of Tshs 182.5 million, while Benson Informatics Ltd, trading as Smart will have to pay Tshs 17 million, MIC Tanzania Ltd, trading as Tigo, will have to pay Tshs 188.5 million while Viettel Tanzania Ltd, trading as Halotel, was fined Tshs 107 million.

Vodacom Tanzania and Zanzibar Telecom Ltd (Zantel) were fined Tshs 96.5 million and Tshs 57 million ($26,590) respectively.

All the operators have also been ordered to by the TCRA to pay a further TZS 500,000,000 “for compromising and endangering public security.”

The fines were imposed for selling lines without relevant identification details as well as activating lines before registering them.

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