Speaking earlier today in Dar es Salaam, Airtel Tanzania Public Relations Manager Jackson Mmbando said that earlier last year the Tanzania Communication and Regulatory Authority (TCRA) launched a biometric pilot project in six selected regions for new customers which proved to be a success.
After completion of the pilot project, the government announced that registration of existing and new SIM cards by biometric system whereby people are supposed to produce their National identity cards or a National Identification Number (NIN) provided by NIDA in order to qualify for register effective May 1 this year and will go on until end of December this year.
Committed to implement the government’s directives, Airtel Tanzania officially kick-started the exercise of biometric registration system on May 1 ad that necessary equipment has been deployed at more than 600 Airtel Money branches and 20 main shops across the country for FREE.
“So a customer can choose to visit any of their nearest service point to register their line using biometric system ahead of the December deadline to avoid last minute inconveniences,” said Mmbando.
Airtel Tanzania has plans to set up more registration centers or set up camps at major government institutions and offices with purpose of ensuring that the exercise goes on smoothly. “We advise any institutions or companies with big numbers of staff to contact our customer service department so that our team of staff can visit them for registration exercise,” Mmbando added.
The finger print registration is only available to customers (both existing and new ones) with National Identification Card (National IDs).
“The biometric registration system is efficient, convenient and ensures maximum security for everyone and I take this opportunity to call upon the public to come out and register now instead of waiting for last minutes commotion,” added Mmbando who further noted that existing Airtel customers are encouraged to confirm accuracy of their registration details by dialling *106# and if the information is incorrect, customers are urged to visit the nearest Airtel shop rectify their details.
“The law is very clear, every customer has an obligation to ensure that their details are accurate because using SIM card with another person’s details is illegal hence punishable by law,” Mmbando warned.