Côte d'Ivoire's telecommunications and ICT regulator, ARCTI, has announced tighter identity-verification measures for mobile-phone and internet subscribers, ostensibly to protect state security and fight terrorism and cyber-crime.
The long-running registration phase has noted almost 30 million subscribers, but now they must produce a national identity card, driving licence or biometric passport before 21 March 2018 or face subscriptions being terminated two months later. This follows the signing of a bilateral co-operation agreement with the French cyber-security agency, ANSSI, on 6 September. Separately, ARCTI announced on 26 September that, following an independent review of telecoms operators MTN, Orange and Moov for 2016, the companies had been fined a total of 4.98 billion CFA francs (USD9 million) for poor service, representing 0.5–0.95% of pre-tax turnover.
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