TCRA sees surge in people’s biometric registration as deadline nears

05Dec 2019
The Guardian
TCRA sees surge in people’s biometric registration as deadline nears

HEAD of the Northern Zone of the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), Eng Imelda Salum has said the number of people who appear for the Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards biometric registration is encouraging.

Eng Imelda said this when speaking at Magugu Bus Terminal in Babati District during the TCRA campaign dubbed: ‘Auction to Auction’ which is geared towards enhancing public knowledge and awareness on the ongoing biometric registration.

In this campaign, TCRA is working closely with mobile phone operators, police through cybercrime department, the National Identification Authority (NIDA) and immigration department.

Eng Imelda said: "We're encouraged with the number of people who come forward for national IDs from NIDA and register their SIM cards biometrically. I call upon more people to use this rare opportunity and register their mobile phone lines biometrically for smooth communications ahead of the deadline in December 31, this year."

She said that getting national ID is one thing and the entire exercise is aimed at getting rid of dishonest telephone line users, controlling cybercrime and protecting Tanzanians against those abusing the telecom sector.

According to Eng Imelda, TCRA in collaboration with mobile phone operators and police through cybercrime department is well prepared to ensure that it reaches all owners of sim cards while capacitating them with essential communication education and addressing various challenges facing consumers.

“Our target was to reach as many people as possible. “We’re encouraged with the number of people who turned up in the campaign,” said Mabel Masasi, TCRA senior communication officer.

She said people should use the ongoing campaign as it also educates them on better and safe use of mobile phones.

The registration of SIM cards is mandatory under the Electronics and Postal Communications Act of 2010, and, under this law it is an offense to sell or distribute an unregistered SIM card, to use an unregistered SIM card, to fail to record sale of a SIM card and to provide false information or statement during registration.

In April this year, NIDA offered to facilitate biometric registration of mobile telephone numbers, which officially began on May 1.