Vodacom, South Africa’s biggest mobile network by subscribers, has been fined 945million 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.
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“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.