Residents of Kasama district in Northern Province have expressed mixed feelings following the announcement by mobile service providers to conduct another simcard registration exercise.

Speaking to ZANIS in separate interviews, the residents said the move is retrogressive to the growth of the mobile service industry in the country.

Prudence Chewe said the move will see mobile service providers spend more money on an exercise that has little impact on the users instead of them using the money to improve service delivery.

Ms Chewe observed the need for the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) to find amicable solutions to curbing cybercrime unlike resorting to conducting fresh registrations.

She explained that security reinforcement in the ICT sector is achievable by introducing technologically advanced equipment that can deter crimes and other fraudulent activities among mobile network users.

Ms Chewe added that it is disheartening to see mobile service providers fail to track lost phones despite people having registered their simcards during the first registration exercise.

And John Kambole, a small-scale businessman disclosed that he has lost some money through hoax messages he has received in the past.

Mr Kambole noted that despite people registering their simcards in the first exercise, the mobile service providers have failed to track offenders using the details in their systems.

He further advised the mobile service providers to conduct a verification exercise and not fresh sim registration adding that the exercise will only bring further complications in the mobile service industry.

ZICTA has directed all mobile network operators to conduct a fresh sim registration exercise in order to reinforce security in the ICT sector.

This is also in line with the implementation deadline for the sim registration directive under the ICTs Registration of Electronic Communication Apparatus Statutory Instrument No. 65 of 2011.

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  1. “And John Kambole, a small-scale businessman disclosed that he has lost some money through hoax messages he has received in the past ….despite people registering their simcards in the first exercise, the network providers have failed to track offenders using the details in their systems”.
    I did state here on LT about 7 years ago that this was a pointless excercise only going to be abused by oppressive regimes and help Network providers with free valuable data of their customers.

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    • Was just wondering what people like Jay Jay do for a living. He is always here and commenting on anything. Commenting on anything including ifisushi. If you think you are so good and wise just come out of your shell and join others insteady of sitting on the fence and pretending to be wiser and having answers to everything. You might be better off advising your boss HH who keeps losing elections and claiming that he knows everything including fixing the economy.

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    • So if one criticizes govt policy does that mean I support your silly Hakainde? Its this fooolish mindset that is taking us nowhere…why should you care what I am doing for a living… are you paying for my well-being and upkeep like corrupt Lazy Lungu and his ministers who have literally driven the economy into the ground. Sit down if you have nothing to post!!

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    • @Abena, So you are also “always here” reading Jay-jay’s comments on everything? Kikikikiki. I am also wondering what you do for a living…kikikiki..

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    • Abena, you’re a hypocrite…how do you know that Jay Jay comments on every story, if you don’t look at every story yourself? What job do you do yourself to find time to read through all the comments people are making on LT? And not everyone criticizing your corrupt PF is a UPND member, or supports HH. Again you hypocrite.

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  2. i Never miss LPM THE MAN GOT SO MANY LOANS FROM CHINA LEAVING US IN DEEP DEBTS AND MAKING OUR BEST EVER PRESIDENT OF ZAMBIA AK ECL LOOK LIKE ITS HIM WHO HAS MISMANAGED THE ECONOMY

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  3. It will never work even if people can register their Sim card, try to use border post to go to Zambia so many people sale registered Sim cards on the borders.am using Zambian Sim registered by someone else whom I don’t know.

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  4. What they do is they get 1 ID and register so many Sim cards I saw it in SA they do the same and sale in streets

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