Tanzanian government employees work 16 hours daily to meet SIM card registration deadline

by | Jan 16, 2020

SIM cards in Tanzania are scheduled to be blocked on Monday, 20 January 2020 if their owners do not biometrically register them before the stated deadline. The government has promised to block unregistered SIM cards after the stated deadline.

Suggested read: NCC to block about 9.2 million improperly registered SIM cards

As of September 2019, only 5.2 million SIM cards had reportedly been registered using the biometric requirements stipulated, compelling the Tanzanian government to push its December 31 deadline forward. According to the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) as of January 5 2020, just over half the country’s 44 million SIM cards had been registered.

The East African nation believes that this is a proactive step in the fight against cybercrime and mobile related fraud, a growing trend in Tanzania. As of 2017, cybercrime related incidences had risen to 82% in Tanzania alone.


The SIM card registration exercise also affects the issuance of Identification Cards (ID), as Tanzanians need their ID cards in order to register their SIM cards.

In a bid to meet with the January 20 2020 deadline, the Deputy Minister for Home Affairs, Hamad Masauni, directed that the National Identification Authority (NIDA) – the agency responsible for issuing identification cards – work 16 hours a day. Weekends and public holidays are not exempted.

Masauni also directed that NIDA employ additional workforce to fast track the process.

With the SIM cards biometrically registered and linked to their owners, it would be easier for authorities to track mobile related transactions and trace fraudulent activities where needed.

Udoka Chiefe
Udoka Chiefe

Writer | Learner| Technologist

Interested in technology, law and new discoveries.


On January 22, 2022, be part of the largest gathering of innovators, startup founders, thinkers, programmers, policymakers, and investors in West Africa. Register free.

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Recent News

Subscribe to Techpoint Digest!

A daily 5-minute roundup of happenings in African and global tech, sent directly to your email inbox, between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m (WAT) every week day!

Please check your email to confirm your subscription.

Subscribe to Crypto Explorer

A monthly series featuring in-depth analysis on the cryptocurrency sector in Africa

Please check your email to confirm your subscription.

Subscribe to The Experts

A bi-weekly where tech career specialists take us on their journey from newbie to expert, and how they became successful in the industry.

Please check your email to confirm your subscription.

Subscribe to Founder's Table

A monthly series, where we catch up with founders in the startup ecosystem, learn about their failures, successes and a few tricks of the trade

Please check your email to confirm your subscription.

Copy link
Powered by Social Snap