Mozambique’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Carlos Mesquita, has ordered the country’s three mobile network operators to finally complete the SIM registration process which was begun more than four years ago. Following a period of civil unrest in September 2010 the regulatory body, the Mozambique National Communications Institute (INCM), introduced a requirement for all mobile users to register their SIM details by 15 November that year. The trio of operators – Telecomunicacoes de Mocambique (TDM) subsidiary mCel, Vodacom Mozambique and market newcomer Movitel, which is backed by Vietnam’s Viettel Group – successfully petitioned for the deadline to be pushed back, however, and the scheme was eventually sidelined, with only around half of all users having filed their details with their operator. Mesquita says the cellcos now have thirty days to complete the registration process, AllAfrica writes. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, at the end of September 2014 cellular penetration in Mozambique stood at over 64% with the country home to an estimated 14.96 million subscribers.
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