MANILA, PHILIPPINES — On Tuesday, April 11, 2023, Globe Telecom, one of the leading telecommunications companies in the Philippines, urged the government to extend the deadline for SIM card registration due to low registration turnout.
Globe Telecom stated that as of April 11, approximately 27.85 million subscribers, which accounts for around 32 percent of its total mobile customer base, have been registered in its network.
However, with only two weeks remaining until the April 26 deadline, it had yet to touch at least 50 percent of total registrations.
Other telecommunications companies are facing similar challenges, the telco said.
In a statement, Globe Telecom emphasized that while they fully support the government’s initiative to enhance national security, the current timeline for SIM card registration may not be feasible for all of its subscribers to comply due to various challenges, including the lack of government IDs, as well as digital challenges
Globe Telecom has expressed its request to the government to consider accepting alternative forms of identification, such as company IDs, school IDs, and barangay certificates, for individuals who do not possess valid IDs.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology has yet to decide on the suggested deadline extension.
Extending the SIM card registration deadline would provide ample time for its subscribers to complete the registration process without the risk of their mobile services being disconnected, Globe said.
Globe Telecom continues to encourage its subscribers to register their SIM cards as soon as possible to avoid any potential disruption of their mobile services.
The company also reassured its customers that their personal information will be kept confidential and used only for the purpose of SIM card registration in compliance with data privacy laws.
Ayala-owned operator Globe remains committed to working closely with the government and other stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation of SIM card registration and contribute to national efforts in enhancing security measures in the telecommunications industry.
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