NATCOM pushes back SIM registration deadline

5 Jul 2010

Sierra Leone’s telecoms regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), has extended the deadline for the country’s mobile subscribers to register their SIM cards by 60 days, local daily Awareness Times reports. According to the regulator, the date has been pushed back as only 52% of wireless subscribers met the original 30 June 2010 registration deadline. NATCOM also said it received a large number of calls from the country’s subscribers and its mobile operators for the commission to reconsider the original deadline. Wireless users have now been given until 30 August 2010 to register their SIM cards, or face the disconnection of their service. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Sierra Leone was home to around 2.34 million mobile customers at the end of March 2010, at which date Lintel SL (Africell) was the largest operator by subscribers with a market share of 37.5%.