By Prince Osuagwu
The Nigerian Communications Commission yesterday postponed the deadline for SIM card registration from 1 March 2010 to 1 May 2010.
According to NCC, the postponement became necessary following the discovery that large quantities of SIM cards with instant activation features, which were already distributed by the service providers before the earlier announcement, would not have been cleared out before 1 March 2010.
This may not be unconnected with the protest by some GSM operators that the deadline was too short for them to do proper job on the SIM card registration without losing revenue.
However, NCC, said it was giving the extension to enable operators use the period to clear the backlog of SIM cards in the market to allow for seamless registration of all new SIM cards by the new date.
Head, Public Relations of the Commission, Mr Reuben Muoka, said the Commission had directed all telecom operating companies to put all necessary arrangements in place to ensure that all new SIM cards were registered before they are activated with effect from 1 May 2010.
He added that the extension period will also give the service providers the extra time to finalize the installation of all necessary facilities for the registration.