ORANGE-Sierra Leone Intensifies SIM Card Registration

Against NATCOM’s 15 October 2019 Deadline…

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By Foday Moriba Conteh

In Sierra Leone, the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) which is the statutory institution which has the primary responsibility to regulate the telecommunications sector in the country is periodically ensuring that all telecoms service providers especially GSM Companies register the SIM cards of all their subscribers, a move which is geared towards having a comprehensive data of users, tracking down errant misuse of communications gadgets and to combat various cyber offences.
In order to heighten compliance of NATCOM’s policy Orange Sierra Leone on the 18th September 2019 intensified its mass free Orange Sim Cards registration of subscribers in the Western area.

Speaking to Orange Staff at the company’s headquarters on Hill Station, the Chief Executive Officer, Orange Sierra Leone, Madam Aminata Kane, highlighted that ten teams of Orange staff have already been dispatched to reach out to subscribers in their various offices and business places to register their Sim Cards.

The result-oriented CEO maintained that Orange-SL is very mindful of the security which is why they are always cooperating with the Government, especially the regulating body NATCOM against the backdrop of strengthening the security sector in order to precisely respond to threats through the use of telecom operator technology.  “NATCOM has extended its Sim Card registration to 15th October 2019 as a deadline for all telecommunications companies to register their subscribers’ Sim Cards,” she revealed.

She furthered that the ongoing Sim Cards registration is fully supported by the company also expressing the view that such will greatly assist in addressing the huge problem of un-registered subscribers who want to use the company’s system to fraud decent and well-meaning individuals. She assured all that the Sim registration is also critical for the company especially as it relates the company’s maintenance of electronic records of all subscribers in their data base system with a view to help NATCOM and the law enforcement apparatus in identifying any misuse or fraudulent activities that are of threat to the nation and to enable them investigate and prosecute people who want to beat the system.

Madam Aminata Kane also intimated that the company recently undertook a similar mass Sim registration in the provincial areas which she said is part of the company’s move to contact subscribers and new customers at the  latter’s convenience to register their Orange Sim Cards. The CEO enjoined all subscribers across the country to register their Sim Cards now free of charge at any Orange offices across the country pointing out that those who fail to do so risk having their Sim Cards blocked after 15th October, 2019.

Mentioning some of the benefits of the registration, Madam Aminata Kane said anyone that registers his or her Sim will have access to Orange Money system which, she said, has become a huge success story for the company and Sierra Leone as a nation. She expressed determination that the company is working assiduously to help Sierra Leoneans benefit from the company’s unique products and services at affordable prices.

The charismatic CEO disclosed that setting up additional sites across the country is a priority in order to further boost quality network, adding that the launch of the Rial 4G broadband connectivity across the country is also another huge success for them as a company. “The 4G is impacting positively on the lives of Sierra Leoneans as it continues to facilitate faster accessibility to internet connectivity,” she said with pride. Public Relations Officer of Orange Sierra Leone,, Mabel Mason, said the staff of the company will be going round the city to register subscribers and new customers.

According to her the rationale is to fit in within the deadline date of NATCOM for the registration of Sim Cards across the country.

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