It’s an all-systems-go for Telecommunications Companies (Telcos) in the Philippines on the soon-to-be-executed Republic Act (RA) 11934 or the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Registration Act. This was an announcement that followed shortly after the law’s implementing rules and regulations (IRR) by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) were made public on Monday.
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Globe’s optimistic stance
Among the telco giants in the Philippines, Globe Telecom, Incorporated (Globe) issued a statement that the launch of its online SIM platform will be in line once the IRR takes effect on December 27. They also expressed in detail what their companies’ sentiments are and direction moving forward based on this recent development on how SIM cards will be moving forward. Currently, there are 87.9 million users in the Globe network.
Globe digressed, “All new SIMs must be registered immediately to enjoy Globe services while existing SIMs should be registered within 180 days or six months from the effectivity of the law,” it said.
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Ernest Cu, President and CEO of the Globe Group did mention that some users who are unable to register their SIM cards online or just really need some assistance on this will be able to take advantage of a “special assistance process” that their company will have readily available for subscribers.
“Our goal is to have a SIM registration process that is seamless, secure, inclusive, and convenient for our customers,” Cu said.
Cu also acknowledged that Republic Act (RA) 11934 along with the release of its IRR on the SIM Registration Act is, “a significant step forward” in fighting fraudsters who take advantage of SIM anonymity in their illegal activities. This measure complements Globe’s long-standing fraud protection efforts, including investments in filtering systems, proactive blocking of scam and spam SMS, and data sharing partnerships with banks and other financial institutions,” he said.
Smart’s Proactive move
Vice-President and Regulatory Head of Smart Communications, Incorporated, Roy Ibay, commended the release of the IRR and its goal of being “all-inclusive” wherein public telecommunication entities (PTEs) are required to provide additional assistance to persons with disabilities, senior citizens, pregnant women and other people with special needs in registering their SIM cards.
“We join the NTC, key regulators, government agencies, and our counterparts in other PTEs in ensuring the orderly and effective implementation of our SIM Registration Law,” Ibay relayed to the press.
Smart Senior Vice President and head of Consumer Business Group, Francis Flores cited how the company has been preparing for the implementation of Republic Act (RA) 11934 for several months ahead of the IRR release. The company has been ready for the rollout. He further digressed, “We will release more information about the SIM registration portal via our official channels in the next few weeks.”
NTC has earlier announced that upon the release of the IRR of RA 11934 users are required to register their SIM cards within 180 days from the effectivity of the law, with an extended registration period of not longer than 120 days.
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Failure to register a SIM within this period will result in its automatic deactivation but may still be reactivated after registration and must not be made later than five days from deactivation.
There you have it! It’s just a matter of several weeks before the Republic Act (RA) 11934 is upon us. At the very least, it will be a deterrent to questionable schemes that are currently carried out easily via text messages or calls. The other side of the coin would be how the privacy of the subscriber will be held sacred. Let’s see how things go, shall we? Post your comment below for any feedback, insight or suggestion on this, too. Hope to hear from you soon, cheers!