Niger disconnects a third of mobile connections

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The government of Niger has deactivated a third of mobile phone connections in the country in a bid to curb criminal activity using unregistered SIM cards, according to local reports.

Unregistered SIM cards account for 1.7 million of Niger’s 5.4 million mobile connections, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). These mobile phone connections are often used for criminal activity and in 2012, Niger’s authorities reportedly mandated that subscribers register with their mobile operator in a bid to halt such activity.

“From today, non-registered SIM cards can no longer be used,” Almoustapha Boubacar, director-general of regulator CSC told the agency.

The agency added that Niger is often targeted by terrorist groups from Mali and Nigeria due to the nation’s poor border security.


One comment

  1. Olisaemeka Okolie 30/11/2013 @ 4:59 pm

    Good article Sahota, but i think the Al-Qaeda funded terrorist group (Boko Haram) have used Niger & Mali as their base to launch bloody attacks on innocent civillian population in Nigeria.

    The article portrays the opposite.Nigeria ther biggest economy in sub shahran africa has been the target of Al-Qaeda. The terrorist group have always wanted Nigeria because of its rich petrol dollar to fund their activities.

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