Minister Hon. Timothy Masiu announces deactivation of unregistered SIM Cards


Masiu announces deactivation of unregistered SIM Cards

Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Timothy Masiu, has announced the immediate deactivation of unregistered SIM Cards throughout the country.

This means all SIM cards that are not registered  with the local mobile network operators, such as Digicel, BeMobile and Telikom will be cancelled.

Minister Masiu has instructed  the National Information and Communication Technology Authority (NICTA) to immediately effect the deactivation of all unregistered SIM card users nationwide.

Meanwhile, NICTA has given notice to all Mobile Network Operators, issuing further instructions to effectively commence this process, following consultations with all mobile operators  on January 16, 2020.

“This decision comes after the recent Supreme Court’s dismissal of the Supreme Court Reference by the Ombudsman Commission challenging the constitutional validity and legality of the SIM Card Registration Regulation .

“As a result of the Supreme Court Reference and pending the Court’s decision, the deactivation of unregistered SIM Cards was put on hold for most of 2019.

“There is now no legal restriction for NICTA to enforce the SIM Card Registration Regulation 2016, hence, the immediate deactivation of unregistered SIM cards will proceed as initially planned in 2019,” Mr Masiu said.

The deactivation process commenced in January and will end on March 31, 2020.

Meanwhile, Mr Masiu has called on authorities in the provincial and district offices, churches and within respective communities and villages to support the rural people in verifying identity and registering SIM cards, before the expiry date.