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95.7m SIMs under threat: NCC says registration data not invalid but undergoes standardized scrubbing, verification - ITREALMS

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has refuted some media reports made rounds that 95.7 million registered Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) data were under threat and invalid, saying rather that they were undergoing standard scrubbing, reports ITREALMS.

Experts described 'Scrubbing' in telecoms parlance as screening process or verifying biometric and personal information submitted by all operators in respect of each of their subscribers.

Also, NCC said that its attention has been drawn to media reports to the effect that 95.7million subscriber registrations are invalid, alluding that "Understandably, this needs further clarification for the benefit of subscribers and other critical stakeholders who rely on subscriber registration data."
ITREALMS reports that the Commission, therefore, wished to clarify that the process of scrubbing registration data submitted by operators is an ongoing one and that so far, over 60 million records have been “scrubbed” successfully. 

"Although the figures quoted in the news reports were disclosed at a Sensitization Workshop to illustrate the quality of initial data submissions, subsequent process enhancements by the NCC and operators have led to better quality submissions. The process is ongoing, and is constantly being reviewed for higher efficiency. NCC disclosed the outcome of its initial scrubbing exercise at the Sensitization Workshop in order to underscore the need for subscriber registration agents and operators to ensure strict adherence to the Subscriber Registration Regulations of 2011 as well as the technical specifications for subscriber registration.

"NCC however wishes to use this opportunity to encourage all subscribers to ensure that their details are properly captured in order to avoid unnecessary complications which may affect their banking, educational, health, travel and other pursuits which rely on proof of personal identity.

"We also wish to assure all stakeholders that the Commission will continue to aggressively pursue the national interest objectives of delivering an accurate database of telephone subscribers in Nigeria. We expect all players in the subscriber registration value chain to support the national security objectives of the exercise as NCC will continue to show zero tolerance for deviations from the process," NCC submitted in a press statement equally made available to ITREALMS.

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