Over 300,000 simcards await de-activation

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Over 300, 000 cellphone subscribers in Botswana will be de-activated and forced to buy new replacement simcards end of this month, the regulator confirmed yesterday amidst claims that the deadline for registration has been extended up to January 31st.

Although there have been reports that the deadline for simcard registration has been extended for 31 days, the Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) spokesman Patrick Nyelesi yesterday told Mmegi they expect the unregistered 303, 368 subscribers to be de-activated and disconnected come month end. Botswana has slightly over two million mobile phone subscribers.

Nyelesi also added that only newly acquired simcards can be registered between now and January 31, adding that after this date any new simcard acquired will have to be registered before [continue reading]

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