Morocco’s telecoms regulator, the Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom (ANRT), has published a new set of rules governing the identification of mobile subscribers, effective 1 April 2014. According to a press release from the watchdog, access to 2G/3G mobile services will be subject to prior and full customer identification, with the country’s mobile operators Maroc Telecom, Medi Telecom (Meditel) and Inwi (Wana) required to verify a user’s identity (name, surname, CNI number and signature) prior to activating a line; further, the sale of pre-activated SIM cards will be prohibited after 1 April 2014. Existing customers will also be required to confirm their identity in due course. ANRT confirmed that mobile operators have a period of one year (until 1 April 2015) to ensure that all of their subscribers are registered.
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