Telephony: Unidentified SIM cards will be deactivated within three months

Telephony: Unidentified SIM cards will be deactivated within three months
Telephony: Unidentified SIM cards will be deactivated within three months

In Parliament, Ghita Mezzour, Minister Delegate for Digital Transition and Administrative Reform, told members of the House of Representatives that the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANRT) had taken several measures to address certain practices relating to the use and distribution of unidentified SIM cards.

The minister detailed a decision making it mandatory for subscribers to identify themselves to their mobile service, relays Al Ahdath Al Maghribia from this Thursday, July 11, 2024.

Following the implementation of this decision, operators of public telecommunications networks are forced to update their subscriber databases so that they are more reliable and credible.

It is necessary for this database to contain, for each subscriber number activated, information on their name, first name(s), the registration number of their identity card as well as the date of subscription to the contract concluded with the telecoms operator.

The minister revealed that many anonymous SIM cards used in Morocco have been deactivated in recent weeks.

Responding to a question on this subject during an oral question session in the House of Representatives, Ghita Mezzour affirmed that “Morocco has very effective security apparatuses which are closely monitoring this matter and the entire telecommunications sector.».

The minister also indicated that a three-month deadline had been set for the SIM card database to include all the data that determine the subscriber’s identity, failing which the operator will be forced to cancel and deactivate SIM cards that do not have it.

Al Ahdath Al Maghribia relays the speech of Abdallah Ataii, deputy of the National Rally of Independents (RNI, government coalition) who explained that “Despite the decision of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency to force public telecommunications network operators to cancel anonymous SIM cards, it is clear that they are still in service several years after the date set for their deactivation.».

The RNI MP also explained that these SIM cards constitute a danger for the country’s security systems, as they can facilitate crimes of fraud and swindling.

As a result, Abdallah Ataii called for the deactivation of all chips in circulation whose user is not identified, in order to guarantee the “transparency and security».

Par Hassan Benadad

07/10/2024 at 6:46 p.m.

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