Is 6 months enough? NTC: 158M active SIM cards up for registration

Telcos will have their hands full in the first half of 2023 as the mandatory registration of SIM cards will be in full swing.

National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) consultant Edgardo Cabarrios said there are 158.6 million active SIM cards that should be registered in compliance with Republic Act No. 11934 or the SIM Card Registration Act.

Cabarrios said 82 percent of the active SIM cards in the country are prepaid or bought over the counter.

“If it’s (number) used for illegal activities, you will be the number one suspect, the primary suspect. So, you might have second thoughts about registering too many SIMs,” he said during a government briefing.

The registration period for SIM cards will begin on December 27, with telcos given six months to complete the process of securing the names and personal details of both prepaid and postpaid subscribers who have been using a specific 11-digit cellphone number.

Hive ransomware: modern, efficient business model

The US Justice Department’s shutdown Thursday of the Hive ransomware operation — which extorted some $100 million from more than 1,500 victims worldwide — highlights how hacking has become an ultra-efficient, specialized industry that can allow anyone to become a cyber-shakedown artist.

Nokia upbeat about 2023 after solid year

Finnish telecom equipment giant Nokia on Thursday reported better-than-expected revenue and profit last year, with more growth expected in 2023 as the company competes in the global 5G battle.

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