In a move to ensure responsibility and transparency in the use of mobile phones Africell a leading mobile telecommunication provider in Sierra Leone has intensified SIM card registration of its hundreds of thousands of subscribers.
Speaking to Journalists yesterday at Africell’s head office in Freetown the Head of Administration and Human Resource Abdul Aziz Gabisi said Africell started registering SIM cards of its subscribers in October 2009 with lots of sensitization and publicity. He said the process involved registration of new subscribers as well as those that have been in existence prior to the start date.
Gabisi intimated journalists that the registration of SIM cards will help capacitate law enforcement agencies in protecting the general public as it will help to trace malicious and fraudulent calls.
The Commissioner for Consumer Services in the National Telecommunication Commission (NATCOM), Ibrahim Kabbia said they as regulators in the mobile phone industry are very concerned about the frivolous way in which SIM cards are being misused by people. He also said in developed countries SIM cards are not easily sold on the road side as it happens in Sierra Leone. He said registering the SIM cards will help protect the security of subscribers and the operators.
The Commissioner commended Africell for intensifying the registration process while hoping for other companies to follow.
By William Freeman