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Published on April 26th, 2011 | by Arsalan Mir

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PTA: Block Un-verified SIMs by May 17,2011






Following the MoI’s concerns over multiple SIMs, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has directed cellular mobile operators to take all possible measures for the verifications of SIMs of their subscribers within specified time period through “SIM information System 668”.

The authority has instructed all cellular operators to launch a massive campaign to rectify the inaccuracies in the data of mobile users’ antecedents. Awareness campaigns will be run through media and SMS will also be send to the subscribers asking them to get their SIMs identity corrected from the Customer Service Centers (CSC) of concerned mobile operators. All unverified and unregistered SIMs shall be blocked by May 17, 2011. This is part of PTA efforts to block all illegal SIMs and clean the data of mobile users.

PTA had introduced “SIM information System 668” for the verification of mobile SIMs. Through this service subscriber can send his CNIC to 668 through SMS and in return he would receive detail of total SIMs against his CNIC alongwith name of the mobile company. In case there is any discrepancy, the user would visit CSC to get the data corrected.

It may be added that while continuing its campaign against unnamed and unregistered SIMs and during phase 1 and phase 2, PTA has blocked total 16.3 million unregistered SIMs. After introduction of “789 SIM Activation System” in February 2009, only non activated SIMs are available in the market. 3.8 million SIM activation requests have so far been rejected on the basis of incorrect information. New SIMs are activated through this online verification system from NADRA after identification of legitimate users by asking secret questions such as place of birth etc.

PTA along with mobile operators also taking measures to resolve the issue of mobile handsets working on duplicate IMEI. PTA would follow the policy guidelines of the government on it.

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is a Telecom enthusiast with engineering background based in Lahore. On professional front, he is the Director Operations at the Target Group. He can be reached at arsalan (at) telecompk (dot) net



9 Responses to PTA: Block Un-verified SIMs by May 17,2011

  1. Dilshad says:

    this is very wrong one sim per operator
    that’s the operator sugeos how many sims he use
    in this time r difret pakgeis the all networak
    and the r diferent one and other…
    so alow a person woh uzzz diferent sims on his CNIC……..

  2. yasir says:

    i love pta…….. and it is my request to them to aplly the one sim per operator per 1 person cnic rule as soon as possible to defend our country from the things which we have considered very small faults

  3. hamid says:

    more sims per operator should be allowed bcz we people use different packages of same network..as lot of friends do..

  4. hamid says:

    i use 3 ufone sims having different packages each…same is the case with other lot of my friends..how can we do if 1 sim sim is allowed

  5. hamid says:

    i think 4 sims per operator should be allowed

  6. SMS says:

    Well do not worry yet this rule is not imposed that one person one sim. just unregistered sim not will be blocked.

  7. Hafiz Waseem says:

    i think it’s right decision to issue one Sim per operater only one CNIC

  8. S.Hasan says:

    I hope one SIM per operator must be allowed over single CNIC.

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