Kyrgyzstan’s National Communications Agency (NCA) has postponed the deadline for pre-paid SIM card registration to 1 October 2015, in the event of the failure of domestic operators to get all SIMs registered by the 8 August target. According to the NCA, as at 7 August there were 1,082,044 unregistered pre-paid subscribers in the country.
As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the NCA initially introduced legislation stating that from March 2014 all Kyrgyz SIMs were to be registered – with existing subscribers initially given until end-March 2015 to complete the registration process. Due to the cellco’s collective failure to meet the deadline, the time-frame was subsequently extended by five months. Under the legislation, any SIMs not registered by the deadline date face disconnection.