Pakistan's telecoms regulator says that it has blocked some 10.5 million SIM cards after their users failed to register their ownership details with the mobile operators. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairman, Dr. Mohammed Yaseen also expressed concerns that many retailers were still flouting the rules requiring proof of id before selling new SIMs.
In first phase of the blocking procedure, of the connections sold before 30th April, 2008, 7.3 million connections found unverified have been blocked. In the second phase, PTA is endeavoring to clean subscriber’s data of connections sold from 1st May, 2008 to 30th May, 2008. So far, a total of 0.6 million connections which remained unverified have been blocked.
Mobile companies were also asked to block SIMs where the owner has registered more than 10 mobile phones by 30th September, 2008. A further 2.6 million of extra connections have now been blocked.
According to figures from the Mobile World database, the country ended the first half of this year with some 88 million subscribers - representing a population penetration level of 51%. Doubtless this fugure will fall as the operators update their subscriber base numbers.
Source: Cellular News.