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Nationwide SIM card deactivation begins

The National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA) will immediately effect the deactivation.

“This action has my full backing and support as the Minister for Communications and Information Technology,” said Minister and South Bougainville MP, Timothy Masiu.

“NICTA has by now given notice to all mobile network operators (MNOs), issuing further instructions to effectively commence this process. The consultation with the MNOs commenced on Thursday, January 16, 2020.

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NICTA restrained from deactivating SIM cards

NICTA and the state have been restrained from deactivating unregistered SIM cards nationwide after 12 midnight tonight until the case returns to court in two weeks’ time.

NICTA confirms halt in SIM card deactivation

Hours away from SIM deactivation

The final announcement was made today by Chief Executive Officer of National Information and Communication Technology Authority, Charles Punaha.

NICTA has directed all mobile phone network operators to deactivate all unregistered subscribers by the end of April 30.

The deactivation exercise will be conducted nationwide.

“D-Day is tomorrow, 30th of April. By law all mobile phone network operators are required to start the deactivation process at midnight,” announced Punaha.

All deactivated numbers will be completely scraped off and automatically recycled.