Mandatory registration, which limits the sale of SIM cards

SALES of latest Subscriber Data Modules (SIMs) have fallen amid the introduction of obligatory registrations, Data and Communications Expertise Minister Ivan Uy claimed on Tuesday.

“Since we introduced the implementation of the regulation, SIM card gross sales have been falling earlier than scammers and syndicates would purchase and purchase after which divest them),” Uy stated.

“Ngayon alam nilang ‘di na nila magagawa ‘yun so bumagsak ang bentahan ng SIM playing cards (Now that they know they cannot do it anymore, SIM card gross sales have gone down), which is what we anticipated,” added he added.

Fewer SIM playing cards are anticipated to be bought because the April 26, 2023 deadline approaches, Uy continued.

“When it comes to native individuals, as soon as that occurs, gross sales shall be very, very low,” he stated.

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Representatives from DITO Telecommunity, Globe Telecoms and Good Communications weren’t instantly accessible for remark.

Round 24.1 million SIM playing cards have been registered with the nation’s native telecom firms to date, in line with the Ministry of Data and Communications Expertise.

Based mostly on data offered by the Nationwide Telecommunications Fee, as of January 22, 2023, registered SIMs totaled 24,120,541, about 14 % of 168,977,773 million nationwide.

The SIM Card Registration Act 2022 will oblige all public telecom firms to arrange registration platforms the place pay as you go clients can register their SIMs.

Customers had 180 days to register their SIM playing cards or have them deactivated.