On Thursday 23rd July, 2020, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) signed a partnership with FSD Uganda (FSDU) and CryptoSavannah for the deployment of blockchain technology to enhance Uganda’s SIM card registration and verification process.
Over the last 5 years, Uganda has made great strides with its SIM card registration and verification process. In this process, UCC has worked closely with NIRA, OPM and the Telecom operators to ensure that all SIM cards in Uganda are matched with corresponding identification documents. This has streamlined the management of SIM cards, and realized several benefits including increased financial inclusion and mitigation of crime in Uganda.
In an effort to further secure andimprove the management of SIM cards, UCC is investigating the deployment of blockchain technology for SIM card registration and verification. This will be carried out as a pilot project between UCC and other industry stakeholders, working in collaboration with FSDU and a Ugandan digital transformation company, CryptoSavannah. Other stakeholders will include NIRA, the Telecom network operators, OPM, URSB, UNHCR and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
As Uganda enters the digital economy, SIM cards will have an increasingly important role as key components of the infrastructure in the new digital economy. By using blockchain for SIM card registration and verification, Ugandans will be able to securely transact in the digital economy, and participate in the myriad of opportunities made possible through open data markets.