Leading independent communications service provider, Altech Autopage Cellular, has announced it has registered an impressive 80% of its customer base in terms of the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act (RICA).
Recent regulatory amendments have seen the effective deadline date for the registering of mobile numbers move to 30 June 2011. However, Autopage has no intentions of slowing down the RICA effort.
“We have launched a further education drive aimed at registering the final 20% of customers who face disconnection,” says Boyd Chislett, Altech Autopage Cellular's MD.
Subscribers need to register both voice and data SIM cards to be RICA compliant.
As South Africa’s biggest independent communications service provider, with a customer base of almost one million prepaid and contract users, Altech Autopage Cellular is encouraging all new and existing cellular customers to present an ID book or passport, plus proof of residential address in the form of a utility bill, and an active sim card at any of their national retail outlets, prior to June 2011.
Chislett is optimistic that significantly more Altech Autopage Cellular customers will register their SIM cards for RICA prior to the cut-off date.
“All communication vehicles available to us are being deployed to boost RICA registration. These include SMS, Automated Voice Messages, email and online communication,” explains Chislett.
RICA came into effect on 1 July 2009, and gave South Africans a year and a half to visit an Altech Autopage Cellular store or any one of thousands of other retail outlets nationwide.
That timeframe has now been extended by a further six months.
Cellular users failing to register before end June 2011 will have their SIM cards deactivated, meaning that they will be unable to make or receive calls, send or receive SMSes or connect to the Internet.
RICA presents South Africans with a golden opportunity to do the right thing, as the law’s original purpose was to assist the work of law enforcement agencies.