Social media rumors suggest the Cameroonian government has repealed the law limiting the number of SIM cards per individual. “People can now own as many SIM cards as they want,” the fake news said.
The telecom regulatory agency (ART) denied the rumor, saying the decree n°2015/3759 remains in force. This act which limits the number of SIMs per individual in its article 3, stipulates that a natural person may not have more than three identity modules per operator.
It sets the procedures for identifying subscribers and terminal equipment in electronic communications networks. The decree is reinforced by the regulatory system for subscriber identification in order to secure subscribers on telecommunications networks. The objective is to prohibit the use of mobile phone for harmful purposes and to stop the hawking of unidentified SIM cards.
“The possession by a single person of more than three activated SIM cards remains prohibited,” warns the ART.