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Nigerian Finally Govt Lifts Ban On Registration Of New SIMs

The Federal Government has lifted the ban placed on registration on new SIM card in the country.

This was spread the word about by the Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Femi Adeluyi, in an articulation on Thursday in Abuja.

Adeluyi noticed that the enactment of new SIM card enlistment with obligatory National Identity Number connecting will initiate from April 19, 2021.

As indicated by him, in accordance with the Nigerian Communications Act 2003, Section 23(a), the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, composed and drove the improvement of an amended National Digital Identity Policy for SIM card enrollment as a team with any remaining partners.

The approach remembers rules for new SIM procurement and actuation, SIM substitution, New SIM initiation for corporates and Internet-of-Things/Machine-to-Machine, among others.

“For IoT/M2M activations, SIM security protocols would be implemented on the SIM profile to ensure that SIMs can only be used for point to point data services specific to the URL they are working with. All other services will be barred.

“In the event that a data only service is particular to individual use (eg home car tracking, WiFi, MiFi services, etc), the standard NIN registration process will be followed. A Telecoms Master will also be required for Corporates requiring IoT/M2M activations.”

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