cellphone.jpgMobile phone companies have stepped up efforts register all cell phone subscribers in compliance with Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (POTRAZ) requirements, as the registration deadline draws closer.
 

With less than three weeks before the 31st of August deadline set by POTRAZ expires, the country’s three mobile phone networks have increased efforts to get customers to register their sim cards.

 

In a bid to speed up the process Telecel and NetOne have introduced online and mobile registration while Econet wireless has deployed staff in the central business district who are registering users on the spot in addition to registration at various outlets.

 

Net One Sales and Marketing Director, Mrs. Memory Ndoro-Mandiya said the registration process is progressing well, noting that the measures will ensure efficiency in sim replacements for lost lines, update the network’s information data base as well as safeguarding against prank calls and abuse.

 

“We are at a slightly advantaged position because we ensured that our customers filled declaration forms beginning around 2003/04.

 

“We are almost 75 % on course,” said Mrs. Ndoro-Mandiya.

 

Econet Wireless Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Rangarirai Mberi said the response to the exercise from subscribers has been good.

 

He encouraged even those previously registered to update existing information.

POTRAZ, which regulates the postal and telecommunications industry in the country directed that all activated pre-paid and post-paid sim cards should be registered as a measure to enhance security and prevent criminal activities that may be carried out using mobile phones.

The registering of sim cards is not peculiar to Zimbabwe.

In South Africa there is a government regulation that makes it mandatory for every subscriber to register.

Other countries in Africa like Kenya are following suit.