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.