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Register SIM cards by June 30 or face cancellation, Myanmar govt warns

Saw Yi Nandar The Myanmar Times Wed,  Feb 26, 2020

A shop sells smart phones in Yangon. Shin Moe Myint/The Myanmar Times

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar – All mobile phone users in the country have until June 30 to register their SIM cards or face cancellation, a senior official said.

U Myo Swe, director general of the Directorate of Communications, said the government has released the Code of Practice for Mobile Service User Registration to guide telecom operators and shops on registering SIM cards.

“Shops that sell SIM cards are under the [telecom] operators, which need to control them,” he said. “Operators must strictly follow registration procedures.”

The government recently cancelled nearly 6.5 million unregistered SIM cards and fined the country’s four telecom operators US$100,000 (K142 million) each for not registering SIM cards. An official of Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT), one of the telecom operators, said it is following the agency’s orders.

In April 2019, the government ordered that all people buying SIM cards must have either a national registration card or other valid ID.

“SIM card registration needs everyone’s cooperation,” said U Zaw Min Oo, external relations officer of Mytel, another telecom operator.

Ooredoo said it is cooperating with other operators to use Smart IDs to ease SIM card registration.

U Tint Naing Tun, head of Ooredoo Myanmar corporate communications, said, “We are helping to create a Smart ID that will check national registration cards for SIM registration.”

From: THE MYANMAR TIMES, MYANMAR Wed, Feb 26, 2020

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