The useless sim card registration process has being extended to the end of January.
Registering sim cards in Zambia is aimed at making sure that the PF regime is able to monitor citizens especially those who use social media and popular news websites.
According to a press release by Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Minister Yamfwa Mukanga, the exercise will be extended up to January 31 2014.
He claimed that as of December 30, 2013, 6.8 million out of 10.3 million mobile phone subscriber base had been registered.
“I have been very impressed with the collaboration between ZICTA and mobile service providers on this very important national exercise. A lot has been done and I can inform you now that as at 30 December 2013, a total of 6.8 million subscribers have registered their SIM cards out of a mobile phone subscriber base of 10.3 million,” Mukanga said.
He said as at December 30, SIM registration points were overwhelmed with customers wanting to register the cards.
Mukanga said he was taking into consideration customers in outlying areas whose data had not yet been captured.
“I wish therefore, on behalf of government to announce a 30 day extension to this exercise. 31 January, 2014 is therefore the final deadline and no further extension will be considered,” said Mukanga.
He said that this meant that all unregistered SIM cards would be deactivated on February 1, 2014.