MTN Extends SIM Card Registration Period

The registration of the cards is aimed at curbing crimes perpetrated using mobile phones, improving security and regulating unnecessary public utterances by the telephone users in the country.[Gurtong | File]

“Dear customer, the deadline for Simcard registration has been extended until 31st Jan 2013, if you haven’t registered your Simcard, you are reminded to register before deadline. Registration is FREE at our centres,” a message notifying its clients across the country was sent to all subscribers.

The national government ordered all mobile operators in the country to register all the subscribers by 31 December 2012.

Long queues were still witnessed at registration centres at Torit County Hall as subscribers struggled to register yesterday but many of them did not succeed by the end of the day.

Many have blamed accessibility to the registration centres as having hindered them to travel to the main town.

In Torit, some of the residents complained that some of the mobile operators were not available to register their subscribers in the countryside.

They have now appealed to the state leadership to consider forwarding the case to the national level for extension of registration for another one month.

Three towns have been designated as registration centers in Eastern Equatoria State. They are; Torit, Nimule and Kapoeta.

South Sudan’s Ministry of Telecommunication and Postal Services gave all the telephone subscribers time to register all sim cards with their telecom service providers by 31 December 2012.

According to the Ministry’s Undersecretary Juma Stephen, those who did not register will be blocked from accessing the services.

The move to register was reached in 2011 by the National Council of Ministers before the South Sudan’s independence.

However, it has not been implemented as a result of the process separating the networks from Khartoum to independently manage sections in South Sudan.

The registration of the cards is aimed at curbing crimes perpetrated using mobile phones, improving security and regulating unnecessary public utterances by the telephone users in the country.

There have been complaints raised to the ministry by mobile owners of receiving death threats, abuses and insults on telephones which is difficult to control unless the cards are registered.

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