Indonesian watchdog blocks 83m unregistered SIM cards

6 Apr 2018

Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), known locally as Kementerian Komunikasi dan Informatika (KemKominfo), has reportedly blocked 83 million unregistered pre-paid SIM cards in the last month, after users failed to register their numbers ahead of the 28 February deadline. Local news site Tempo quotes KemKominfo’s Head of PR, Noor Iza, as saying that the bulk of the accounts – some 43 million – were attributed to market leader Telkomsel. Connectivity will be restored if the users in question register their accounts by 1 May, the report adds.