Users of pre-paid mobile phones in Mozambique have until 15 November to register their SIM cards, state-controlled Radio Mozambique has reported, citing Transport and Communications minister Paulo Zucula. The minister has indicated that those users who fail to meet the deadline will have their SIM cards ‘blocked’.
Additional regulations are thought to include the prohibition of selling SIM cards to persons under the age of 14, and a limit of three SIM cards registered to any one subscriber.
The push for SIM card registration comes in the wake of widespread riots in Maputo and Matola earlier this month over a 30% rise in bread prices; the riots were reportedly co-ordinated by a widespread text message campaign. In the aftermath of the riots the INCM imposed a controversial three-day text message suspension on all mobile operators.