By : Post Courier
Like a driving licence or a motor vehicle, there is an expiry date set under legislation for their validity.
Can NICTA as regulator do the same with phone SIM cards under the current registration exercise, or eventually is that its intention.
Of course the underlying intention is undisputable considering security of persons and verification of users and all the other too important reasons.
The matter arises because the rush has begun in the countdown for the registration of SIM cards for mobile phone users in PNG.
And this has to be done within the last 10 days of this year because come midnight December 31, 2017 connection to all unregistered phones will be automatically cut off.
This applies right across the board whether or not you are an urban or rural dweller with a cell phone using the Digicel, Bmobile or other networks.
So far there has not been any indication from NICTA of any possible extension of time for the registration exercise.
In Digicel’s efforts to meet the deadline, they have now engaged students to carry out the registration of almost one million subscribers that have not yet been accounted.
They claim to have already registered up to 700,000 network users.
For the networks, there has to be up to date correlation with NICTA which issues the SIM cards and quick, efficient and accurate entry of registration details to avoid penalising customers that have already filled out the required documentation to confirm with the instruction.
This is because NICTA keeps sending prompts to subscribers that have already registered their mobile phones with Digicel.
This indicates a lack of correlation and discrepancy between the mobile networks and NICTA’s registration data base.
Customers that have already registered cannot be penalised through no fault of theirs.
The significant point that must be made clear now by NICTA is when the registrations of mobile phones expire.
There is no clear information about this critical factor because mobile phone users are entitled to know at the earliest what is in store for them on the long term.
The question arises considering that registration of SIM cards could be converted, intended or aligned as a major revenue raising protocol in the immediate future for the regulator.
A single registration definitely is not intended for a lifetime.