OVER 11.219 million SIM
cards have been registered as
of January 2, 2023 — the sixth
day of the effectivity of the
implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the SIM Card
Registration Act, the National
Telecommunications Commission (NTC) reported.
Data released by the NTC
found that there were 11,219,722
SIM cards registered as of January 2, 2023 — 1,017,012 with
DITO Telecommunity Corp.,
5,030,649 with Globe Telecom
Inc., and 5,172,061 with Smart
The IRR of the SIM Card
Registration Act took effect
on December 27, mandating
all public telecommunications
entities (PTEs) to establish
their own registration platform where they will onboard
users who present valid identification cards.
Users are given
180 days to register their SIM
cards, else face the risk of having these deactivated.
The PTEs last week said
they are all set for the registration process, but birthing pains
are expected during the initial stages.
The NTC has since
ordered them to report any
problems encountered by users
during the registration.
During the first day of registration, December 27, Globe
made its registration portal
temporarily inaccessible to ensure a better experience for its
customers, asking the NTC for
a maximum of 72 hours to ensure stability.