Malawi sets new SIM registration deadline

Process was previously postponed due to public concerns
The Malawi telcoms regultor has extended the deadline  for SIM registration to 30 September.
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The Malawi telcoms regultor has extended the deadline for SIM registration to 30 September.

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Mobile subscribers in Malawi will now have until 30 September 2018 to register their SIM cards, as announced by The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA). The process was postponed earlier this year. From 1 July all new SIMs will have to be registered within seven days from the date of purchase.

“When all subscriber details have been provided, the SIM card will be activated even before the seven days elapse. But if this has not been satisfied within the seven days, the SIM card will no longer be useful and the customer will need to buy another one and start the process all over again,” explained MACRA’s director general, Godfrey Itaye.

The original registration deadline set to expire on 31 March 2018, but after concerns raised by the public, the government decided to suspend the process in February. Following consultations with stakeholders, the campaign was resumed one month later and the deadline extended.

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