Mozambique’s National Communications Institute (INCM), the telecommunications regulatory authority, plans to introduce new facial recognition and fingerprint technology by January 2024 to increase security levels for mobile phone subscribers.
The innovation, according to the director of Communications and Statistics Services at the INCM, Massingue Apala, comes in fulfilment of the new regulation approved this year by the government, which aims, among other things, to reduce crime through falsely registered telephone numbers.
According to the source, quoted by the Mozambican Information Agency (AIM), the initiative comes at a time when the INCM is preparing to start the new registration of telephone subscribers, which will take place during the same period throughout Mozambican territory.
“We’re going to have an innovation from next year. Registration will now be done through facial recognition, because we need to know who is who,” said Apala, this Thursday (26), in the southern city of Inhambane, during a seminar to publicise the regulations for registering subscribers.
According to the official, the measure will also include the introduction of the Single Telecommunications Number (NUTEL).
“We want subscribers to have a Unique Identification Number when they go to Movitel, Vodacom and Tmcel, which will be important because they only have to commit a crime with one of the operators to be promptly identified through their registration number,” he stressed, adding that the mobile phone operators are aware of the new challenge.
INCM figures suggest that there are around 16 million potential users of mobile telephony services.