TCRA fines Telecoms for flouting SIM registration laws

06Jul 2016
Karama Kenyunko
The Guardian
TCRA fines Telecoms for flouting SIM registration laws

TANZANIA Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has fined six telecommunication companies 649m/- for violating terms of SIM card registration.

Acting Executive Director of TCRA, Eng James Kilaba

Speaking with journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Acting Executive Director of TCRA, Eng James Kilaba said the companies have been violating the terms of sim-card registration as they allowed customers to use unregistered mobile phone numbers that cannot be identified by the authority as required by the Electronic and Postal Communications Act (EPOCA).

According to the TCRA boss, companies that have been ordered to pay the penalty include Airtel Tanzania Limited, Benson Informatics Ltd (Smart), MIC Tanzania Ltd (Tigo), Viattel Tanzania Ltd (Halotel), Vodacom Tanzania Ltd and Zanzibar Telecom Ltd (Zantel).

Eng Kilaba said the deadline for all the payment is July 30 this year.

He said the mobile companies allowed the sale of SIM cards without using a subscriber’s identity card while some of the cards were given to customers who did not complete registration forms.

He said that in some occasions companies allowed partially registered SIM cards to be activated and used in its networks.

Eng Kilaba said the companies were supposed to answer the allegations before being fined, but none of them complied.

According to him, Airtel has been fined 182.5m/-, Benson Informatics Ltd (Smart)17m/-, MIC Tanzania Ltd (Tigo) 189m/-, Viattel Tanzania Ltd (Halotel) 107m/-, Vodacom