MTN Customers register their SIM cards
MTN Customers register their SIM cards

The deadline of the Sim Card registration exercise this week is Friday but telecoms companies still want more.

The companies were on March 1 granted a 180-day extension period to register all their subscribers, a period which has turned out inadequate, pushing them to demand for another grace period.

The companies have unanimously noted that the remaining time is not relatively enough to have every Sim card to be registered; especially for subscribers in upcountry and hard-to reach districts.

 the MTN corporate affairs manager Ms Justina Ntabgoba,  said they had close to 6.7 million active customers registered by the end of last month-which represents only 85% of the company’s customer base.

She said the existing grace period enabled the company to reach its customers especially in remote areas.

Ms Pheona Wall, the Airtel publicist concurred with Ms Ntagboba on the existence of setbacks.

“Over 80 percent of our customers have been registered but given that the exercise is not being an easy one, we would require additional time if there is opportunity,” she said.

Orange –Uganda’s marketing and brand manager, Patience Tindyebwa noted that if granted an extension, it will be an added advantage.

“As Orange Uganda we have registered over 90 percent but it doesn’t mean everyone is registered,” Ms Tindyebwa said.

The Sim card registration process started in March 2012.

Credit: Daily Monitor