SIM card registration to be enforced in 2017
MOBILE phone users will have to register their SIM cards starting next April, the government says. The Ministry of Transport and Communications announced yesterday in state-owned media that starting on March 31, 2017, all unregistered SIM cards will be blocked.
The ministry said mobile phone operators will be advised when they receive their licence that they must register the buyer of each SIM card they sell.
Mobile subscribers will have to give their name, a copy of their NRC, student card, driving licence or passport, date of birth, address, gender, and nationality in order to register.
The ministry said it wanted to smooth the introduction of mobile banking, mobile e-money and online shopping by safeguarding users’ identity security.
Though registration is official policy, many users simply buy cards without registering.
“SIM cards sellers don’t tell customers they’re supposed to register,” said Yangon mobile subscriber U Kyi Tun Oo.
Mobile technician Ko Htoo Htoo, also of Yangon, said he supported the move.
“People should register SIM cards because the mobile sector will continue to develop rapidly. People will have to use their cards with greater care, and that starts with registering,” he said.
Registration can already be carried out on operators’ premises.
The communications sector is dominated by one local operator, MPT (Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications), and two foreign companies, Telenor and Ooredoo. MPT has more than 20 million subscribers, Telenor Myanmar more than 17 million and Ooredoo about 8 million.