NICTA seeks dismissal of SIM deactivation case

A motion seeking dismissal of the proceeding filed by Bryan Kramer, in his bid to stop the deactivation of unregistered SIM cards, has been adjourned for hearing in Madang.

Justice David Cannings adjourned the motion, filed by NICTA, Communications Minister Sam Basil and the state, to 7 September.

Lawyers for the three parties filed the motion on July 30 in response to Kramer’s motion that was filed on July 25.

They will be asking the court to dismiss the proceeding.

Justice Cannings adjourned the motion on Tuesday after refusing injunctive orders Kramer sought restraining unregistered SIM cards from being deactivated as of today.

All unregistered SIM cards belonging to subscribers based in urban areas, within 30 kilometers of provincial centres, will be deactivated as of Aug 1.

The court also refused orders sought by Kramer to restrain NICTA, Minister Basil and the state imposing penalties on mobile operators.

Kramer wanted the court to interpret sections 8, 9 and 12 of the Sim Card Registration regulation of 2016.

Sally Pokiton