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The Extension of the Due Date Set for the Sale & Replacement of New SIM Cards
11/19/2015
Cairo: 19/11/2015

The National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) held a meeting with the three mobile operators to discuss the latest developments concerning the audit and correction of the mobile subscribers databases, and the decision issued to restrict the sale of new mobile SIM cards and replacement thereof in the companies' accredited outlets and branches and their subsidiaries only, which ended on 20th November, 2015. It was agreed to extend the due date stipulated in the decision till 20th January, 2016 as the three companies will be ready with the new contracts that will be entered by the mobile operators and their distributors in addition to all relevant mechanisms related to the signing and implementation of those contracts, which will be approved by NTRA. In the case of the three Operators' readiness with the required contracts before the said due date, the above mentioned decision (issued to restrict the SIM cards sale and replacement thereof in the companies' accredited outlets and branches and subsidiaries only) will be canceled.

Eng. Mustafa Abdul-Wahid, NTRA's Acting Executive President, has stated that the new contracts that will be concluded between mobile operators and their distributors will help control the mobile lines sale market for distributers, and will ensure that the sale will take place in the accredited and licensed stores and outlets as the contracts will stipulate the companies and distributors' joint responsibility for the credibility of the users' data.

NTRA has previously decided to restrict the sale due date of new mobile SIM cards and replacement thereof in the companies' accredited outlets and branches and their subsidiaries only, which ended on 20th August, 2015 then it decided to extend the due date until 20th November 2015. This aims to give the companies the opportunity to finalize their new contracts with the distributors as they will be documented and accredited by NTRA and will be signed by the distributor, the financial director of the mobile Operator and the head of the Operator's regional bureau. All parties, as per these regulations and restrictions, will bear full legal responsibility for all sales in accordance with the Telecom Regulation Law No. 10/ 2003.

It is worth mentioning that the mobile subscribers database includes approximately 90 million active lines for the three mobile networks, where NTRA, in cooperation with the companies, updated the database of around 29 million mobile lines until October 2015 and  the service of about 10 million illegal lines has been disconnected not to mention 44 million illegal lines that were banned in the Egyptian markets. Hence, the estimated total illegal lines banned in the Egyptian markets amount to 54 million lines during 2014 and 2015.​