Pakistan Telecommunication Authority re-verifies 13.82m mobile connections

Karachi: In a country-wide drive to verify mobile connections, a total of 13.28 million users have approached and re-verified their details till May 17, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said in a statement.

The PTA started an electronic re-verification process to ensure that a particular SIM is registered against CNIC of its actual user, it said.

During a couple of phases, a total of 16.2 million unregistered or unverified SIMs have already been blocked.

After successful completion of Phase-I and II, only 16.78 million connections, out of 105 million connections were left over to re-verify their antecedents that have been termed as Target Mobile Connections for Phase-III of 668, which has been named ‘Proper ID Verification’ project.

In a comprehensive effort to register the SIMs against CNICs of the actual users, PTA has initiated intelligent blocking from May 18, where 0.875 million left over targeted mobile connections have been blocked as a first batch. During the intelligent blocking a particular SIM/connection shall only be allowed to call 789 for re-verification of userís antecedents. The 789 system is an automated real time verification system where a customer has to approach a call centre of the mobile company concerned by dialling 789 and re-register or verify his antecedents through NADRA’s database by answering mandatory secret questions so as to activate his non-active SIM.

In order to facilitate consumers and considering the limited resources available at mobile companies’ end, the process of intelligent blocking shall be completed in four weeks wherein 0.875 million connections shall be blocked on weekly basis, thus bringing the total to 3.5 million connections.

The mobile connections, which failed to approach 789, for re-verification of their data, shall be completely blocked at the end of each week, PTA said.

With a view to facilitate mobile users, individual SMS shall again be sent to all left over mobile connections advising them to approach 789 to avoid blocking of their SIMs.

PTA has launched a service where consumers can know the count of SIMs of each mobile company registered against their CNIC by sending CNIC number to 668 through SMS.

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