Sector watchdogs the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) has launched a crackdown on the illegal sale of SIMs. In a press conference earlier this week the authorities stressed that telcos would face fines for the sale of pre-registered or unregistered SIM cards, instructing operators to identify unregistered SIMs within the next two weeks. Franchises caught selling SIMs without proper identification will be closed down. ATRA’s vice chairman Khair Mohammed Faizi added that a number of companies had ignored MCIT regulations and were issuing SIM cards that could be used by terrorists and other criminals. The announcement followed recent raids in Kabul that led to the seizure of some 300 SIMs and three arrests.
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