Only 24.1M out of 169M SIM cards are registered so far

Around 24.1 million SIM cards have so far been registered with the country’s local telecommunications companies, according to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

Based on records provided by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), the total number of registered SIMs in the Philippines is 24,120,541, as of January 22, 2023, or around 14.27 percent of the total 168,977,773 million subscribers nationwide.

Of the total, Smart Communications reports 12,167,220 SIMs registered, which is 17.9 percent of its 67,995,734 subscribers. Globe has 9,988,656 registered, or 11.37 percent of its 87,873,936 subscribers. Meanwhile, DITO reported a total of 1,964,665 SIMs registered, or 14.99 percent of its 13,108,103 subscribers.

To boost the total, assisted SIM Registration will roll out in remote areas from January 25 to 27, for 15 identified locations in different provinces.

“Our PTEs have already developed their respective execution plans to reinforce and promote public awareness and provide assistance to the public on the registration of their SIM cards, including during major festivities in the provinces, such as the Dinagyang in Iloilo. This is part of their commitment to the DICT as we ensure the proper implementation and timely completion of the SIM registration,” said DICT Spokesperson and Undersecretary Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo.

SIM registration started on December 27, 2022, in the Philippines. The DICT has announced that the deadline for SIM registration is on April 26, 2023. For details on how to register your SIM cards, go here.

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