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NETCOM say 60 Days Extension For SIM Card Registration

NETCOM say 60 Days Extension For SIM Card Registration

The Public Relations Officer of the National Telecommunication Company NATCOM, Abdul Kuyateh has said during an SLBC TV interview that the date for the registration of SIM cards in the country has been extended to last for sixty days with effect from 1st July to September 30, 2010.

Mr. Kuyateh, who earlier insisted in a radio interview that the June 30 deadline will stand regardless of pleas from subscribers all over the country, was quick to reposition his company’s stance on the issue.

Responding to questions on the SLBC ‘We Yus’ TV programme, Mr. Kuyateh said having observed situation the provinces and the chaos they saw in Freetown alone with long queues at the close of June 30, the date for end of registration, NATCOM has to review it decision on the deadline and has therefore extended the deadline to September 30, 2010.

He said after the September deadline, the company will not reverse its decision and will go ahead to implement their decision.

It should be recalled that prior to the June 30 deadline, mobile phone companies had been frantically pleading with NATCOM to extend the duration for the SIM Card registration as most of these mobile telecommunication had extensive coverage including most remote areas of the country, stressing that the SIM Card registration coincided with the rainy season, and for most rural areas it had proved difficult for subscribers to come to registration centres to register their SIM cards.

Mr. Kuyateh noted that early this year NATCOM held its second Consumers Parliament in Bo. During the conference, he went on, the Commission admonished GSM operators to ensure that all their subscribers completed their SIM registration before the 30th of June, failure to comply the subscribers SIM card would be de-activated until they register.

He pleaded to all that they should not blame NATCOM for its earlier decision as the commission has a mandate to execute it duties for which it was established, adding that the Commission is the regulating body for all the telecommunication companies in the country.

The PRO frowned at the delay of the subscribers and GSM operators in the registration of SIM card, noting that the Commission had done lots of sensitization in the provinces as well in the capital through radio, television, newspaper publications about the registration of SIM cards.

He however stated that September 30 subscribers who fail to register their SIM their cards would have themselves to blame.

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