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NTC records fewer text scam complaints; Telcos OK with possible sim registration extension

ntc records fewer text scam complaints

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) recorded fewer text scam complaints after the passing of the SIM Card Registration Law. 

In a statement by NTC legal department officer-in-charge lawyer Andres Castela Jr., it is revealed that the text scam complaints went from an average of 1,500 per day to 100 per day.

As of March 14, 2023, the total SIM card registration is only 26.75 percent of 45.2 million of the total 168.9 million SIM cards in the Philippines. The low number of registered users has led the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to consider extending the deadline, which was set on April 26, 2023.

In the SIM Card Registration Act, the DICT can extend the SIM registration for another 120 days.

Meanwhile, telecommunications companies in the country said they are amenable to a possible extension of SIM registration should the DICT approve it.

Smart, the leading telco in terms of registered users, said they will “continuously support [the] government in its SIM Registration initiatives.”

“While we have led in the number of registrations to date, Smart and TNT welcome the proposed extension period for SIM registration by the DICT to give more time to all, especially the marginalized sectors and those located in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas,” Smart said.

Globe, with 21.28 percent of total registered users, said it welcomes the possible extension since it will give their users more time to register.

All three major telcos, Smart, Globe, and DITO, have set up SIM registration booths nationwide to assist the public.

SIM Card Registration: Step-by-Step Guides

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

 – WhatALife!

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Also read: DICT considers extending SIM registration

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