Lagos - The National Association of Telecommunication Subscribers (NATCOMS) has appealed to the Federal Government to give unregistered subscribers a final three months extension, to register their SIM cards.
The SIM card, also known as Subscriber Identity Module, is a smart card that stores data for GSM subscribers.
Such data includes user identity, location and phone number, network authorization data, personal security keys, contact lists and stored text messages.
Adeolu Ogunbanjo, the NATCOMS President, made the appeal for extension of the SIM card registration in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had given all subscribers up to June 30 to register their SIM cards or face disconnection from telecom services.
But the NATCOMS official said an extension would enable operators to correct logistic challenges such as data loss and incomplete registration by subscribers.
Ogunbanjo added that some subscribers who registered in the past were still receiving notification from their respective operators that their registration had yet to be completed.
He said many subscribers would lose vital information on their unregistered lines, if they were totally disconnected.
The NATCOMS president noted that the association had earlier pleaded with the NCC to give subscribers a three-month final extension, to enable them to register their SIM cards fully, adding, "and we are still awaiting their reply''.
He also urged the Minister of Communications Technology to consider some subscribers who would be disconnected due to no fault of theirs.
Ogunbanjo said: "The fact is that many subscribers will be locked out due to no fault of theirs as they think they have registered their SIM cards.’’
He noted that during the SIM card registration, some umbrella SIM registration agents were not collecting the full details needed because of the rush by the agents to register as many subscribers as possible so as to get big pay.
"During the SIM Registration exercise, some umbrella SIM registration agents were not collecting the full details needed because of the rush by the agents to register many subscribers so as to get bigger pay.
"During the active registration period and even now, some agents even ask subscribers to pay N100 to register their SIM cards, a situation which discouraged other subscribers.’’
He, therefore, urged the NCC to work with the operators to ensure that the anomalies were addressed before any disconnection could take place.