New system being introduced to overcome illegal SIMs
ISLAMABAD (January 30 2009): Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Dr Mohammed Yaseen, has said that all arrangements have been finalised for the inception of new system from February 1 for the issuance of non-activated SIMs and their activation after verification.
He said this during a visit to Call Centre and Customer Service Centre of Pak Mobile (Zong) here on Thursday. On this occasion Chairman PTA witnessed the demonstration of new system of activation of mobile phone SIMs. He further said that after this system is implemented, it is expected usage of unauthorised SIMs would reduce drastically.
He asked several questions about the new system from the Call Centre representatives. CEO China Mobile Zafar Usmani briefed him about the preparation for this system and showed his satisfaction on it. It may be noted that earlier pre-activated SIMs were being sold in the market and could be used instantly after purchase. In contrast, in the new system, a non-activated SIM would be sold to the consumer, after checking his original CNIC and filling of Cellular Service Agreement (CSA) form.
The consumer will then call 789 from the same SIM and call centre would ask few questions to verify the data provided by the consumer. After online verification from Nadra, if answers are correct SIM would be activated. In case of incorrect answers consumer will contact Nadra Swift Centre or Customer Services Centre of the concerned mobile operator.
Source: Business Recorder