Kyrgyzstan’s National Communications Agency (NCA) has pushed back the deadline for SIM card registration to 1 February 2016, citing requests from inhabitants of remote areas who claim to be unable to easily access the service centres of mobile operators to complete the registration procedure. The NCA reported that 1,082,601 of the country’s wireless subscribers (which totalled nearly eight million at the same date) were still unregistered as of 30 September 2015, one day ahead of the previously set deadline.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that compulsory SIM registration was introduced under government decree No. 97 ‘On approval of rules for the provision of mobile telecommunication services’, which entered into force on 8 March 2014; SIM card holders were expected to register their details within a year – i.e. by 8 March 2015 – or face disconnection. Due to the cellco’s collective failure to meet the deadline, the timeframe was subsequently extended to 8 August, then 1 October 2015.