Advantage of registering your mobile phone numbers

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You are, inevitably, in need of registering your mobile phone numbers and that is planned to help you in several aspects. As requested by Rwanda telecom and Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) every mobile phone user or subscriber will have to register their numbers from February 4 up to July and whoever does not comply with the given time schedule is therefore expected to bleach his subscription.

The registration is, in definitive context, a standing contract between the mobile network provider and the subscriber and therefore pertains liability to laws with it.

This implies that apart from the past days since the introduction of mobile communication in Rwanda in the late 1990s by MTN, a continental mobile communication company and the leading service provider in Rwanda and East African Community (EAC), clients of each network will be permanent owners of their numbers and, most interesting will be allowed access to their past information-sms and call data.

That means whenever a subscriber is need of access to their past information that cannot be found on their mobile handsets then they will have to request that from either mobile network providers. In Rwanda there are three including TIGO,AIRTEL and MTN.

Before the mobile phone number registration process came into interpretation, people have been craving to have their previous data but in vain even when they were requested to swap their lost numbers. Off course the Rwf500 fee was removed from the swapping service but that did not avail the most need data that is lost on the sim-cards.

Subscribers were requested to always remember the last three numbers they could have called or smsed before they lost their sim-cards and only a few did, many couldn’t even remember where they were when they lost their mobile phones.

Definitely the next improvement is to show resident numbers or names, say District, sector or mudugudu, of the client’s immediate location and that will also be added to the data in the computers and will help locate the stolen handsets. Lost data is need for many reasons drifting from business records, to law suit info, to journalism, to fancy. This is glossily important in the vastly evolving mobile communication and services business sphere.

There was no mention of whether the new trend in the mobile network will also come with a reduced calls and sms price tag-price range from Rwf1 per second for calls to Rwf10 per sms or below- but that is also expected as tug for the a bigger market share of the 10.5m Rwandan market grows.

New related products are therefore in the making so that the 5.2m subscribers, half the population, can be satisfied by their service providers. According to Regis Gatarayiha, the RURA Executive Director, the urge to register mobile phone numbers is also meant to safe guard users’ mobile phone transactions that are rapidly gaining a bigger market share in the country’s business.

The same registration process is expected to end in Uganda in March, Kenya and Tanzania are also on their way to harmonize with the latest development.  When this is completed in all EAC member countries, because it involves the addition of Identity Card number to the mobile number info, is inevitably going to be imparted in strategic computer check points like at the boarders.

At the boarders work is in progress to improve the ICT information collection and dispension so that loopholes that allowed malpractice be gummed out.  This will help the Interpol and other related security organs in either country track down transnational criminals and thus reduce or even prevent the rampage of certain crimes. There is a growing mobile market of an estimated 60 million subscribers in the 250m EAC populace.

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