The past few weeks Telecel and NetOne both revealed that as part of the POTRAZ directive to disconnect unregistered SIM cards by 31 August, they each shed 100,000 subscribers. Almost sounds like one reported the right number and the other just went ‘yeah, about the same’! Anyway, we curiously asked a source at Econet (the largest of the 3 operators), how many subscribers they had to switch off. We expected maybe 3 times that at least, but the answer we got was, “none”!
The source told us: “we did ours [disconnection of unregistered SIMs] a few years ago, you may want to check in the archives. Econet must have shed 1.4m, if I recall well. Others were allowed to carry on with unregistered SIMs”
Which just made us wonder. First, we were shocked the problem was big enough POTRAZ came out to essentially say “enough is enough guys”. See, they had said that already more than 2 years ago! Then secondly, is it then that a regulation was put in place but not enforced? Is it that this is just one of those unenforceable rules?
Anyway, we are glad the regulator is taking moves to right some of these things.