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PTA to curb illegal issuance of SIMs

KARACHI: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has made extraordinary efforts to curb illegal issuance of SIMs and to ensure authentic antecedents of mobile subscribers by implementation of one of its kind “Online Verification of Mobile Subscribers’ Antecedents through Nadra’s Database-789” in February 2009.

After having successfully implemented the system for mobile operators, PTA has extended its efforts by bringing the WLL operators under the same umbrella.

In this regard, Chairman Dr Muhammad Yaseen has inaugurated the call center of Wateen here at Lahore. While talking on the occasion Chairman PTA said, facilitation of the genuine subscribers must be our top priority, but not at the cost of national security. Fake subscribers must be discouraged at any cost and all-out technical and other efforts must be made in this regard. Operators are also bound legally to make sure that only genuine subscribers avail the communication facilities provided by the operators. Wateen has cleared 100 percent of its subscribers with Nadra.

During his discussion address, Chairman emphasised the importance of authentic documentation and urged the WLL operators to spare no stone unturned while issuing the new connections strictly in accordance with the laid down procedures for new regime. Under the new process all WLL service providers are now linked with Nadra database, and all WLL connections shall be activated after its verification from Nadra.

Speaking on the occasion, Tariq Malik, CEO – Wateen Telecom, stated that ‘Wateen, under the guidance of PTA, has always been on the forefront of ensuring an efficient and transparent system for the implementation of policies that will benefit the end customer.’
Source: Business Recorder
Date:9/16/2010