Mauritania brings in mandatory SIM registration

29 August 2023

Mauritania’s authorities are pushing for a process that will involve biometric data in the interests of enhancing national security and a government drive to combat increasing mobile fraud.

Mobile service users in the country have until 6 October to register their SIMs, a deadline set by the country’s regulator the Autorité de Régulation Multisectorielle (ARE), which has noted that efforts so far deployed to combat illicit practices in the sale and transfer of SIM cards have not yielded the expected results. If users do not comply with the measure by the set date they will have their subscriptions suspended.

As in several other countries, the process of SIM card registration will involve SIM users presenting a valid ID at a commercial branch of one of the country’s operators.