Jakarta -A total of 100.88 million prepaid cellular numbers or more accurately 100,888,385 unblocked numbers in the first phase ie the period March 1 through March 31, 2018.
As is known, the Government established a gradual blocking mechanism on the prepaid card registration program which took place since the end of October 3017. Pre-paid cellular card registration account closed on 28 February with 305 million registered numbers.
Meanwhile, from March 1st to March 31st, 2018, the government imposed the first phase of the block with the termination of phone access and incoming SMS. At this stage, 100.88 million cellular numbers are blocked because they do not register.
In the second phase, the phone block and outgoing SMS are valid from April 1st to April 30th. After that, ie from 1 May consumers who have not registered will no longer be able to access phone and SMS services as well as data.
Commissioner of the Indonesian Telecommunication Regulatory Body (BRTI) I Ketut Prihadi said the relevant operators directly blocked the number of prepaid subscribers who have not registered their number. In detail, as of March 2018, PT Telekomunikasi Seluler or Telkomsel blocked 43.13 million numbers or details of 43,313,972 numbers.
Then, PT Indosat Ooredoo, Tbk blocked 17.53 million or 17,531,243 prepaid cellular numbers. Followed by PT Hutchison Tri Indonesia with 26.66 million numbers or 26,661,849 cellular numbers.
Then, PT XL Axiata, Tbk with the number of 11.23 million numbers are blocked or details 11,232,147 numbers. Lastly, PT Smartfren has blocked 2.14 million numbers or 2,149,174 numbers. Meanwhile, PT Sampoerna Telekomunikasi Indonesia did not block.
“The number of blocks of prepaid cards for not re-registering is 100.88 million numbers,” he reported Bisnis on Thursday (6/4/2018) night.
On the other hand, for the number of registered numbers, it began to perform data matching from the Directorate General of Population and Civil Registration with the operator. After the number collected on the first list of occasions ie until February 28, it checks the similarity of data recording.
The reason is, in the registration of this prepaid number, the government uses population data in the form of residence parent number (NIK) and family card number (KK). With two recording systems involving government and these operators require matching to obtain valid data.
From the reconciliation result until April 4, there were 343.48 million numbers or exactly 343,483,096 registered numbers. Ketut says the matching result number is valid from the demographic data side and the mobile number status is still active.
Nevertheless, it is reluctant to mention how many numbers are registered before reconciliation. As for, several reasons why data in the Directorate of Population and Civil Registration tend to be more that is because the active period is up. In addition, the owner of the number also often register over and over for fear of being unregistered so the recording system recording the same data.
“Successful data of successful data reconciliation data as of April 4, 2018: 343,483,096. Successful registration means the data is validated.”
He estimates that prepaid cellular subscribers will use this card block’s final opportunity. Consumers, he said, tend to use the final opportunity because it relies only on data services so blocking phone and SMS access is not enough to drive consumers to register their numbers.
It also did the socialization so that consumers are not affected by news abuse of data. According to him, the total block that started May 1 will be more powerful to encourage consumers to register their numbers. “Many customers only want to use data only, so that the end of blocking time is used 30 April,” said Ketut.