The Eastern Region Manager of the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), Emmanuel Gbo Musa, has issued a stark warning to SIM card dealers to refrain from what he referred to as the sale of SIM cards without fulfilling statutory requirements.
He said the process of arresting SIM card dealers is ongoing and that NATCOM will not relent in pursuing those selling the products at street corners in contravention of state laws.
He disclosed that NATCOM is looking into concerns some members of the public are raising regarding poor service facilities mobile phone operators are exposing them to without official explanation across the country, and called on all to exercise restraint.
Emmanuel Gbo Musa further stated that NATCOM is viewing the deteriorating standards of mobile telecommunication facilities in the country and the eastern region in particular with a strong concern noting that they have the power to invoke sections of the Act that created it to force GSM companies to either improve on their services or face the full penalty of the law.
The eastern region NATCOM manger is therefore calling on members of the public to exercise restraint, adding that NATCOM is using all within their powers to ensure that GSM service providers improve their services as prescribed by the laws that created them.
He also frowned at radio stations for what he described as over modulation of their band width, consequently jamming others especially those with small transmitters and depriving listeners the right of listening to radio stations of their choice.
Emmanuel Musa warned that the matter will soon be dealt with in the shortest possible time as the band width control team is expected soon to visit Kenema to address the problem of over modulation in band width in the eastern region.