Airtel Ghana Woos Subscribers To Register SIM Cards

Airtel Ghana has said it is largely satisfied with the SIM registration exercise currently in its closing stages. The National Communication Authority (NCA) has given Saturday, March 3, 2012 as the deadline for mobile subscribers to register their SIM cards or face deactivation. Airtel, Ghana’s fastest growing mobile network, says although most of its subscribers have registered their SIM cards, the rest who are yet to do so, need to register before the NCA deadline. To encourage unregistered subscribers to register their SIMS, Airtel is offering 5GHC free talk time for on-net calls which takes effect from Tuesday February 28, 2012 till Saturday, March 3, 2012 deadline. In a release, the Head of Corporate Communications and External Affairs of Airtel Ghana, Donald Gwira said Airtel is happy that a greater chunk of its subscribers have registered their SIMS. This not withstanding however, he said Airtel is embarking on a last-ditch sensitization drive to ensure that all subscribers register their SIMS. According to Mr. Gwira, “the tendency is for subscribers to forget that all SIM cards including those in modems and routers, iPads, etc must be registered. The focus for some of our subscribers has been on their mobile or voice lines only and our efforts before March 2 is to aggressively remind them of the need to duly register all other SIM cards they own.” Mr. Gwira advised subscribers to check the registration status of their SIMS by sending a blank text to the short code 400. He also revealed that subscribers can check the registration status of friends and family by texting the number to the short code 400. Subscribers with unregistered SIMS may visit any Airtel Ghana shop or authorized retailers with any of the five acceptable national IDs – Voter ID, passport, NHIS, NIA or the drivers’ license to register their SIMS or risk deactivation after Saturday March 3, 2012.