FG Lifts Ban on Registration Of New SIM Cards.

OnyxNews Nigeria reports that the Federal Government has lifted the restriction on new Subscribers Identification Module, SIM card registration.

The government has set Monday, April 19, 2021 as the start date for implementation. It did, however, make NIN registration compulsory for new SIM card registrations.

The most recent development was found in President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval of a revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration.

The implementation of the Policy will begin on Monday, April 19th, 2021,” according to a statement by Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Femi Adeluyi.

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New SIMs will be issued and other suspended operations will resume on the same date, as long as verification is completed and all protocols are followed.

The Minister has also advised NCC and NIMC to ensure that all operators and subscribers adhere strictly to the Policy’s provisions.

Guidelines on New SIM Acquisition and Activation, SIM Replacement, New SIM Activation for Corporates, and Internet-of-Things/Machine-to-Machine (IoT/M2M) are among the topics covered in the policy.

For each of these groups, having a National Identity Number would be a requirement. Institutions will be expected to name a Telecoms Master (at the least, an Executive Management level) to provide operational Primary NIN representation for the Corporate registration.

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The Telecoms Master will also be in charge of ensuring that consumers have their NINs as a Secondary NIN. “In order to ensure that SIMs can only be used for point-to-point data services unique to the URL they are dealing with, SIM protection protocols must be introduced on the SIM profile for IoT/M2M activations. Such programs will be prohibited,” the guidelines read.

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