The Nigerian Communications Commission has announced that the deadline for the commencement of registration of all new SIM Card users in Nigeria, earlier scheduled for March 1, 2010, has been deferred to May 1, 2010.
According to NCC, the deferment became necessary following the discovery that large amount of SIM Cards with instant activation features, which were already distributed by the service providers before the earlier date, would not have been cleared out before March 1, 2010.
The commission added that the period from March 1, 2010 to May 1, 2010, would enable operating companies to clear the backlog of SIM Cards in the market to allow for seamless registration of all new SIM cards by from the new date.
The Commission has directed all telecom operating companies to put all necessary arrangements in place to ensure that all new SIM Cards are registered before they are activated with effect from May 1, 2010. The extended period will also give the service providers the extra time to finalize the installation of all necessary facilities for the registration.
NCC pointed out that the registration process would include the capture of the photograph and biometrics of the subscriber, and thus added that existing SIM Card holders would partake in the process as necessary processes and procedures are currently being put in place to guarantee a smooth registration exercise.