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On the first two days, over 3M SIM cards were registered.

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Over 3 million SIM cards were successfully registered over the first two days of the required registration across all three telecom companies.

National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) Deputy Commissioner Jon Paulo Salvahan stated in a Laging Handa briefing on Thursday that as of Dec. 28, DITO reported over 530,424 registered subscribers, Smart with 1,019,207, and Globe with 1,913,266. He cited initial reports submitted to them by the telecom firms.

Salvahan said the task force will coordinate and report concerns of the telcos and users, among others, while the agency closely monitors the deployment of the SIM card registration, which started on Dec. 27.

For seven days after the deployment begins, the telecoms must submit a daily report to the NTC, according to Salvahan.

There are 180 days for subscribers to register their SIM cards.

Salvahan is confident that the 160–180 million active SIM cards that are the aim will be registered within the allotted time.

“Based on preliminary data, the total number of subscribers as of the second day is already 3.1 or 3.2 million. Magiging sapat ang 180 days based on the registration rate, which will increase in the coming days (the 180 days are enough). If the requirement isn’t reached, the law allows for an extension of 120 additional days, so if that’s the case, the provision for the batas can be extended for another 120 days “explained he.

The telecom companies stated that the system “slowed down” or “shut down” on the first day of registration as a result of the high volume of registration traffic.

The telecom companies responded by expanding the capacity of their systems to allow for the registration of more subscribers.

“We have observed on the first two days of the SIM registration that there has been a big improvement, there was a jump in the registration numbers on the second day, and we expect this to increase,” Salvahan said. “Na-observe naman po natin sa unang dalawang araw ng SIM registration, malaki ang naging improvement, malaki ang jump ng registration numbers on the second day at inaasahan na luma

He asked participants to sign up in advance rather than wait until the last minute.

He remarked, “The earlier you register, the better so that we may accomplish the goal of this law. Kung makaka-rehistro ng mas maaga, mas mainam.”

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