The Public Affairs Manager of NATCOM Abdul Kuyateh has said that the current SIM Card Registration across the country is compulsory to maintain the safety and security of subscribers and the state.
Abdul Kuyateh further strictly warned mobile phone subscribers to register their SIM-Cards to avoid being switch off after the expiration date on the 30th June 2010, stressing that NATCOM is closely working with mobile operators to ensure effective registration of all subscriber SIM Cards nation wide.
Additionally registration centers have been established at strategic location in Provincial Towns and Districts with the involvement of local councils, he said, emphasizing that the rational behind the SIM Card registration is to ensure maximum security for the user and the country to avoid fraudulent mobile connections that will deprive both the state and the mobile operator from generating their desired income.
He noted that the SIM registration exercise is in compliance with ECOWAS and global telecommunication regulations that ensure the protection of the subscriber.
According to Kuyateh the SIM registration exercise is basically meant to help law enforcement officers to track down those that are by passing the international gateway.
NATCOM wants to ensure all mobile phone users have registered SIM Cards
Director of legal and licenses, NATCOM, Michala Mackay recently told a news conference in Freetown that subscribers who failed to have their sim cards registered on the said date would have them blocked, while defaulting mobile operators will not have their operations licenses.
By Saidu Bah