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SIMs verification in given time a hard task

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ISLAMABAD – The government is considering to extend last date for the biometric verification of mobile SIMs, as during the first 29 days only 31 million out of out of 103 million SIMs could be verified. The government is certain that it would re-verify all the SIMs in the country, and to achieve this goal, […]

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Govt likely to extend biometric SIMs verification deadline date

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LAHORE: The government is likely to extend the date of biometric mobile SIM verification as only 31 million SIMs were verified out of 103 million cell-phone users in the country during the first 29 days since the biometric verification started. The government, after the Peshawar tragic incident, has decided under the National Action Plan to […]

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Broadband subscriptions increase by 18%

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KARACHI: The telecom sector increased the number of mobile broadband subscriptions by 18% in December 2014, but the industry’s overall cellular subscriber base shrank by more than 1% in the same month, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) revealed on Monday. The total number of third-generation (3G) subscriptions increased to 5.7 million at the end of […]

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2 million unverified SIMs blocked

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ISLAMABAD: More than two million SIMs have been blocked across the country under a campaign launched by the government for authentication of details of mobile phone subscribers. Earlier this month the government gave Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) 91 days to verify 103 million SIMs issued before August last year but not verified through the Biometric […]

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Cellular industry starts biometric verification of SIMs

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ISLAMABAD: All cellular mobile operators (CMOs) have initiated the biometric re-verification process of around 103 million mobile phone SIMs as part of the government’s newly devised National Action Plan to counter terrorism. Retreating reiterated its commitment towards national security by initiating the biometric re-verification process of SIMs, Mobilink, Telenor Pakistan, Ufone, Zong and Warid through […]

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SIMs retailers complain about harassment by law enforcers

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KARACHI: Cellular SIMs retailers on Tuesday complained about ‘harassment’ by law enforcers and feared the ‘coercive’ modus operandi may dislodge the entire re-verification process of customers through Biometric Verification System. Retailers said the government had assigned them a ‘big’ project to re-verify over 103 million SIMs across Sindh but the law enforcers’ actions pushed them […]

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Phone firms agree to verify 100 million unverified SIMs in three months

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ISLAMABAD: The mobile phone companies have finally agreed to verify 100 million unverified SIMs (subscriber identity modules) in 90 days. Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was informed during a meeting here on Friday that of the 140m unverified SIMs, 40m have been verified so far. And an agreement has been reached with the […]

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Illegal SIMs use in terror activities: Rangers warn mobile phone firms


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KARACHI: The Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, have warned all the mobile phone companies that their respective executives will be booked for terrorism if a phone connection sold in violation of set rules is found to have been used in any terror activity, it emerged on Monday. In a letter sent to the regional headquarters of Mobilink, […]

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‘Immoral’ chat – ‘Only one cellular company complying with PTA ban’

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)’s orders to crack down on “immoral” love chat services offered by mobile phone companies has only been compiled with by one cellular company, The News has learnt. The regulator tightened the ban late last month, ordering telecommunication companies to scrap immediately “all kinds of chat services, irrespective of the […]

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No law exists to stop late night mobile packages

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ISLAMABAD: Moralists in Pakistan had long been crying that the night packages offered by the mobile phone companies are “a bad influence” on the society. This week the matter came to a head in the Senate. Angry senators demanded that the government take action to stop the services. But how? Technically, there exists no law […]

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SHC orders SIMs verification through biometric system

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday directed cellular companies to ensure that all the franchise holders are mandatorily required to obtain the biometric system and fingerprint devices to be connected with Nadra. Hearing petitions regarding the missing persons, the SHC’s division bench, headed by Chief Justice Mushir Alam, also directed that with effect […]

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Curb on SIM retailers hits cell firms, exchequer

By: Zulqernain Tahir LAHORE: The cellular companies’ sales volume has dropped by about 70 per cent after the Pakistan Telecom Authority banned retail channels for new SIMs over two months ago. The PTA on the direction of the interior ministry allowed the sale of the new connections only through company-owned service centers and franchises, limiting […]

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