MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) reports on Monday that over 20 million SIM cards, or 12%, have been registered as of January 15, 2023.
In the data provided by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on its official website, a total of 20,551,294 SIM cards have been registered, or an equivalent of 12.16% of the total 168 million.
Smart Communications Inc. still leads with 10,041,791 SIM cards registered, or 14.77% of its 67 million total subscribers. DITO Telecommunity Corp. follows with 13.31%, or 1,744,935, of its total 13 million subscribers. Finally, Globe Telecom Inc. finishes last with 9.97% progress or 8,764,568 of its 87 million total subscribers.
On Thursday, January 12, the DICT reminded users to register their SIM cards before the deadline in April 2023. However, various personalities and groups have urged the ICT agency to stick to the June 2023 deadline.
Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, chair of the House ways and means committee, said the decision is “highly unusual.”
“Whatever the merits, let’s just stick to what the law says … Absent any effort to make the registration more inclusive and accessible, moving the deadline earlier is not the right way to go,” said Salceda.
He added that the decision was “premature since we don’t know how quickly most Filipinos will be able to register.”
To “cut short the registration period to just 120 days is a unilateral decision that is not within the DICT’s bounds to make,” the Albay representative pointed out.
Have you registered your SIM yet? Check out the step-by-step guides for different SIMs below:
- STEP BY STEP GUIDE: TM SIM Card Registration for the SIM Card Registration Act
- STEP BY STEP GUIDE: Globe SIM Card Registration for the SIM Card Registration Act
- STEP BY STEP GUIDE: Smart SIM Card Registration for the SIM Card Registration
- STEP BY STEP GUIDE: TNT SIM Card Registration for the SIM Card Registration
- STEP BY STEP GUIDE: DITO SIM Card Registration for the SIM Card Registration Act