SIM CARD REGISTRATION IN TANZANIA
We are happy to share with you, a legal update concerning the proper regulation, monitoring and identification of SIM card users in Tanzania. This is as per the Electronic and Postal Communications (SIM Card Registration) Regulations 2020, issued on the 7th February 2020.
Key highlights from the Regulations are as follows:-
- All users and owners of SIM cards are to register biometrically with their respective licenses (mobile network operators) or authorized distributors, agents or dealers, using a National Identity Card (NIDA card) or a National Identity Number (NIN).
- For minors, their parent or guardian is required to present on their behalf, a certified copy of their birth certificate or a valid passport with the minor’s portrait photo. The parent/guardian will be required to present their NIDA card for fingerprint verification. After turning 18, the minor shall re-register sing his/her NIDA card, failure of which will result in the deactivation of the SIM card.
- An alternative registration procedure exists for persons with defaced fingerprints or who have no fingers at all.
- Places an obligation on users or owners of SIM cards to report any change of ownership or possession of a registered SIM card within 15 days from the date of occurrence of any such change.
- Mandatory for registered SIM card owners to report loss or theft of SIM card and obtain a loss report or preliminary investigation report within 7 days from the date of loss or theft. The loss report shall be submitted to the service provider when requesting for a replacement of a SIM card.
- Individuals are prohibited from owning/using more than one (1) SIM card from the same operator for use on voice, short message and data services. An individual is allowed to own/use a maximum of four (4) SIM cards from different operators use on the same.
- Failure to comply will attract a fine of not less than TZS 5M or 12 months imprisonment or both plus a fine of not less than TSH 75,000 for each day during which the SIM card was used or possessed (for individuals). Companies or institutions may face a fine of not less than TZS 50M, plus additional fine of not less than TZS 175,000 for each day during which the SIM card was used or possessed.
- Grace Period of up to 30 June 2020 for customers who own more than the required number of SIM cards that are to remain active and abide by the Regulations. Lastly, unused SIM cards for 90 consecutive days will be deactivated.
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