In an announcement dated 19 December 2011, Morocco’s National Agency of Telecommunications Regulation (ANRT) has launched a scheme to register the identity of all pre-paid mobile SIM card owners. In accordance with a decision effective on 1 October 2011, all new and existing mobile subscribers of the country’s three network operators Maroc Telecom, Meditel and Wana (Inwi) are required to provide their name, address and a copy of an official identification document, including data-only users purchasing a USB modem for internet access. Operators are required to establish a user identification database by 31 December 2011. For all customer accounts activated from 1 October 2011 onwards operators have been given three months to register each user’s identity on the database, after which period unidentified SIM cards/modems must be deactivated within one month. The three cellcos have been given the whole of 2012 to complete the registration of their entire user bases, and the regulator will collect information on progress from each on a quarterly basis throughout the year.
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