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In Pakistan, Over 100 Million Mobile Phone Subscribers May Lose Connections

by onDecember 30, 2014

ISLAMABAD, DEC 29 (IANS): A large number of pre-paid mobile phone subscribers may lose connections after 28th-days deadline given by the Pakistan Government. All the telecom operators expressed their inability to do anything against this restriction as the Government has set down 28th days of verification process. During this deadline period, all the telecom operators have to verify each subscriber with post-paid SIMs and they have to block all the pre-paid SIMs of users.

The Interior Ministry of Pakistan has announced this short deadline after the brutal act of terrorists as they attacked on an army school in Peshawar. The attacked was held on 16th December and just after a day, the government decided to set a restriction on pre-paid SIMs. During this attack, the entire terrorist had used to communicate with each other by using the SIM (Subscribers Identification Modules) of one of these five telecom operators.

In Pakistan, there are about 140 million existing pre-paid SIMs and only 10 percent are post-paid, news from the Source.

According to the news, telecom operators are seeking nearly 150-200 days of period for this huge verification process to the government. They are claiming they would block all the pre-paid SIMs just after meeting the deadline. Certainly, this is a huge process and it has got such a short time by government. The operators are showing impossibility to verify over 100 million pre-paid SIMs too immediately. The officer of a leading mobile phone company told to the Dawn news that they will decide an authentic period of time for this process to be completed as soon as possible.

“All the affected person will rush to the customer sales centres, franchises and retailers to get the post-paid SIMs”

He further added to Dawn:

The representatives of the five telecom operating systems —- Telenor, Mobilink, Zong, Warid and Ufone –, will have a meeting on this week with the Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan, Minister of state for IT and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Chairman Ismail Shah to thoroughly discuss and sort out the solution to this problem.

About a year ago, the PTA had introduced the biometric verification system to stop and prevent illegal SIMs analysis. Just later after, the cellular companies have been installed the system to their franchises, customer sales centres and retailers, but still there are a lot of complaints about to sale the illegal and unauthorized SIMs.

By protesting against this, the companies claimed that:

“after this biometric system the sale of illegal SIMs has not been possible any more”

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