A number of countries have mandated the registration of prepaid SIM cards – a policy that requires mobile operators to check and record their customers’ identity documents before selling/activating their prepaid SIM cards.
This report highlight:
- The challenges for consumers and operators where prepaid SIM registration is mandated without proper consideration of local market circumstances (such as citizens’ access to official ID documents);
- Insights and best practices from different countries that have introduced this policy; and
- Recommendations for policymakers who are considering mandating or updating such SIM registration policies.