Over 21 million SIM cards have been registered with mobile networks as of January 17, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) reported.
The tally represents 12.5% of the 168.9 million active mobile numbers in the country.
The six-month period for SIM registration started December 27, requiring all prepaid, postpaid and corporate line users to provide their names, addresses, and government-issued ID to their service providers as required by law.
Manny Pangilinan-led Smart Telecommunications tallied the highest number of registered users so far at 10.3 million, followed by Globe with 8.9 million. Davao bilyonaryo Dennis Uy’s Dito Telecom said 1.7 million subscribers have registered their SIMs so far.
SIM card users have until April 23 to register their SIMs. The registration period could be extended, though the government has yet to make an announcement to that effect.