Gov’t Extends Deadline for Sim Card Validation Exercise


By Serestino Tusingwire


The government of Uganda has extended deadline on which the sim card registration and validation exercise would stop.

Last week, officials from UCC and security officers met with telecom companies’ officials and decided that all subscribers of telecommunications services must update their SIM card registration details using their National Identification Card number.

They also decided that all SIM cards whose details would not updated and verified by Thursday 20th April 2017 would be deactivated.

However, according to the directive that has been issued by the Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda; after reviewing all these UCC directives, the government has decided to extend the deadline to next month.

“The government has reviewed the said timelines and taken a decision that the ongoing SIM card verification exercise should be extended to the 19th May 2017.

This contradicts Rugunda’s yesterday statement saying the exercise deadline won’t be extended because it is a security concern and is much needed.

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