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Almost 15 million SIMs registered — NTC

15 million sim card registered

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — According to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), almost 15 million SIMs have been registered as of January 5, 2023. The SIM registration began on December 27, 2022.

On the official website of NTC, it states that 14,858,167 SIM cards have been registered as of January 5, 2023, at 11:59 PM. Of the total, Smart Communications Inc. leads with 7,206,528 registered SIMs, followed by Globe Inc. with 6,388,232 and DITO with 1,263,407.

NTC also provided data on the progress of each telecommunications company depending on their total number of subscribers as of September 2022. Smart Communications still leads at 10.60% with a total number of subscribers of 67 million. Meanwhile, DITO is at 9.64% progress, with 13 million subscribers total. Globe Inc., with over 87 million subscribers, is currently at 7.27%.

Gov’t must hasten national ID delivery to support SIM registration

Advocacy group CitizenWatch Philippines says the government must speed up national ID delivery in order to make SIM registration easier and faster.

It says that Philsys or national ID could simply SIM card registration.

“The enforcement of the SIM Registration Act will also be facilitated by linking each SIM to a user’s PhilID making each call and SMS message traceable to the individual subscriber,” group convener Orlando Oxales said in a statement.

The group also believes that the national ID system would accelerate digital transformation for both public and private sectors. 

Oxales added that the ID would not just be an ordinary card since “[v]alidation of a person’s identity establishes trust in the fulfillment of all kinds of transactions and opens up opportunities to participate in the fast-growing digital ecosystem successfully.”

The Philippine Identification System Act or Republic Act 11055 was signed into law by previous President Rodrigo Duterte on August 6, 2018 to create a single national identification system for Filipinos. 

Have you registered your SIM yet? Check out the step-by-step guides for different SIMs below:

– WhatALife!

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Also read: Over 14 million SIM cards registered as of January 4

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