BUSI­NESS NCC em­bar­goes reg­is­tra­tion of old SIM cards

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS -

The Nige­rian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (NCC) has per­ma­nently em­bar­goed the reg­is­tra­tion of old Sub­scriber Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Mod­ule (SIM) cards by tele­com providers.

The NCC Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Af­fairs, Mr Tony Ojobo, made this known in an in­ter­view with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, yes­ter­day.

A SIM card is is­sued by tele­com oper­a­tors to pro­vide the in­di­vid­ual user with the ap­pro­pri­ate num­ber recog­nised by that net­work af­ter it has been in­serted into a mo­bile phone.

Ojobo said the reg­is­tra­tion of old SIM cards ended in 2012, adding that net­work providers were only al­lowed to reg­is­ter new SIM cards. He said: “Reg­is­tra­tion of new SIM cards was al­lowed to en­able sub­scribers to have free­dom of en­try and exit from a mo­bile net­work to be able to switch to a new mo­bile net­work of their choice.

“If the reg­is­tra­tion is stopped, how would for­eign­ers that are com­ing to Nigeria or new cit­i­zens who are ripe to use mo­bile phones reg­is­ter?

There is no time we can stop the reg­is­tra­tion.

“What was stopped was the reg­is­tra­tion of old SIM cards af­ter nine months that the of­fi­cial reg­is­tra­tion started, for old SIMs it has stopped, but for new it shall con­tinue.”

He said net­work providers had the right to reis­sue any num­ber that was not in use by sub­scribers af­ter nine months.

NAN re­calls the NCC com­menced the reg­is­tra­tion on March 28, 2011 in a cer­e­mony per­formed by Dr Eu­gene Juwah, its Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Chair­man.

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