Tan­za­nia fine for Vo­da­com

The Star Early Edition - - BUSINESS REPORT - – Di­neo Faku

VO­DA­COM, South Africa’s big­gest mo­bile net­work by sub­scribers, has been fined 945 mil­lion Tan­za­nian shillings (R5.42m) for reg­is­ter­ing SIM cards without de­mand­ing iden­tity cards among oth­ers, the Tan­za­nia Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity said. The fine was also as a re­sult of Vo­da­com Tan­za­nia reg­is­ter­ing SIM cards with unau­tho­rised iden­tity cards, reg­is­ter­ing SIM cards without tak­ing photos of sub­scribers, reg­is­ter­ing SIM cards without the sub­scriber’s con­fir­ma­tion of par­tic­u­lars by sign­ing; and for reg­is­ter­ing SIM cards us­ing other per­son’s iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments. “Mal­prac­tice in SIM card reg­is­tra­tion in this era when more crim­i­nals go dig­i­tal, na­tional se­cu­rity must be taken with great con­cern,” it said. Vo­da­com Tan­za­nia’s coun­ter­parts Air­tel Tan­za­nia, Tigo and Halo­tel were also fined fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in De­cem­ber. The com­pa­nies have un­til Oc­to­ber 14 to make the pay­ments.

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