SC permits telcos to issue 8 SIMs on a single CNIC




STAFF REPORT ISB: The telecommunication companies had severe concern over Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) limit of issuance of 5 SIM cards on a single CNIC as Zong had earlier on filed a petition in the court couple of months ago. The Supreme Court has now allowed a maximum of 8 mobile SIMS including three data SIMs and 5 normal SIMs.

It is relevant to mention that 3-years ago, the Supreme Court had directed PTA to reduce the number of SIMs registration against a single

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SC permits telcos to issue 8 SIMs on a single CNIC


STAFF REPORT ISB: The telecommunication companies had severe concern over Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) limit of issuance of 5 SIM cards on a single CNIC as Zong had earlier on filed a petition in the court couple of months ago. The Supreme Court has now allowed a maximum of 8 mobile SIMS including three data SIMs and 5 normal SIMs.

It is relevant to mention that 3-years ago, the Supreme Court had directed PTA to reduce the number of SIMs registration against a single CNIC

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PTA permanently removes unverified SIMs record


STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had called for submission of record of banned SIMs from network operators. The unverified SIMs delinking was part of National Action Plan to curb terrorism.

In response, the telecommunication companies have submitted the record to PTA which will be overviewed and delinking of 98.3 million SIMs will no more attached to any Computer National Identification Card (CNIC).

The PTA has announced that the unverified SIMs record will

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PTA permanently removes unverified SIMs record


STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had called for submission of record of banned SIMs from network operators. The unverified SIMs delinking was part of National Action Plan to curb terrorism.

In response, the telecommunication companies have submitted the record to PTA which will be overviewed and delinking of 98.3 million SIMs will no more attached to any Computer National Identification Card (CNIC).

The PTA has announced that the unverified SIMs record will

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Afghan SIMs roaming striped in Pak


STAFF REPORT ISB: Chairman of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Ismail Shah told the Senate’s Standing Committee that talks between the Pakistani and Afghan intelligence agencies had remained successful.

Pakistan has decided to block SIMs roaming in Pakistan to shun the terrorism activities.

This was announced during Senate`s Standing Committee talks.

Ismail Shah told the committee that Afghan mobile towers had stronger signals on the border due to which Afghan SIMs

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Afghan SIMs roaming striped in Pakistan


STAFF REPORT ISB: Chairman of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Ismail Shah told the Senate’s Standing Committee that talks between the Pakistani and Afghan intelligence agencies had remained successful.

Pakistan has decided to block SIMs roaming in Pakistan to shun the terrorism activities. This was announced during Senate`s Standing Committee talks.

Ismail Shah told the committee that Afghan mobile towers had stronger signals on the border due to which Afghan SIMs were

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Zong to upgrade existing SIMs




Staff Report ISB: Zong, leading network operator of country has planned to upgrade SIMs of entire existing customer base. The new SIMs will be 4G compatible. The customers can replace their old SIMs with upgraded ones by visiting nearest Zong customer service centers.

The new 4G SIMs are Universal SIMs, which are different in terms of technology from currently available existing SIMs, with enhanced security features that protect any security leakages, particularly the ones that

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Zong to upgrade existing SIMs


Staff Report ISB: Zong, leading network operator of country has planned to upgrade SIMs of entire existing customer base. The new SIMs will be 4G compatible. The customers can replace their old SIMs with upgraded ones by visiting nearest Zong customer service centers.

The new 4G SIMs are Universal SIMs, which are different in terms of technology from currently available existing SIMs, with enhanced security features that protect any security leakages, particularly the ones thatsurfaced

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SIMs verification turning out to be a gimmick




STAFF REPORT ISB: The mobile phone SIMs re-verification process is turning out to be more like a gimmick than a serious exercise to support government efforts in countering terrorism.

According to PTA, it has completed the biometric verification of 72 million SIMs while 10 million have been blocked in the first phase ended on February 26.

However, reports say that the ongoing process was anomalous and described it as a money-making exercise. They believe that the re-verification

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25 million SIMs blocked as extended deadline of biometric verification ends


Staff Report ISD: As the deadline of biometric verification of SIMs ended on April 12,2015; more than 80 Million SIMs

have been verified through long held tiring efforts of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). Biometric verification of SIMs was part of National Action Plan for



counter terrorism. According to PTA, 25 Million SIMs have been blocked after the deadline has passed. The owners of those unverified SIMs will only be able to reactive the blocked SIM upon their

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Mobilink biggest loser in terms of SIMs that have been blocked!


Staff Report ISD: Mobilink has emerged as the first teleco with the maximum number of SIMs re-verified. It is important to mention that Mobilink is the biggest loser in terms of SIMs that has been blocked, approximately more than 11 Million SIMs have been blocked.

Cellular companies have gotten 74,636,172 SIMs re-verified on 58,240,851 CNIC’s till 26th March 2015. Mobilink is right now on the top with number of 21,910,704 SIMs verified against 17,904,740 CNICs. Telenor is second in

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PHC seeks PTA report on SIMs verification




STAFF REPORT PESH: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to submit a fresh report about the verification of SIMs by the cellular companies before next hearing.

A two-member bench comprising Chief Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel and Justice Muhammad Younas Thaheem directed the PTA to submit a fresh report about the SIMs verification in the country. The bench issued the directives in a writ petition of Muhammad Atif Haleem, a former

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Sims Re-verification Process Will End Till 12th April


Staff Report ISD: Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) and mobile phone operators has declared that biometric verification process of SIMs will be completed before the April 12 deadline.

Almost 70.5 million SIMs out of around 136 million were verified against 54 million computerized national identity cards (CNIC) and approximately 11 million SIMs have been disowned by the customers.

Dr Syed Ismail Shah, Chairman PTA has stated that there will be no further extension after this

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Study group discusses SIMs verification results




STAFF REPORT ISB: SDPI’s study group on IT and Telecom in its recently meet has discussed gains and losses’ result from implementing the government’s directive to reverify 103 million SIMs through biometric verification system (BVS).

About 75 million SIMs have been verified as the deadline set for this campaign has lapsed.

PTA Chairman Dr. Syed Ismail Shah deliberated on the regulatory aspects of the re-verification initiative.

He shed light on the global perspective of

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SIMs verification deadline may be extended




STAFF REPORT ISB: The government is considering to extend last date for the biometric verification of mobile SIMs, as during the first 65 days only 37 million out of out of 103 million SIMs could be verified, while February 26, the deadline set for this campaign is about to lapse.

The government is certain that it would re-verify all the SIMs in the country, and to achieve this goal, there are many options under consideration and one of it is extension in the deadline, said an

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Telenor chief asks consumers for SIMs BVM verification




STAFF REPORT KHI: The telecom sector is closely working with the law enforcement agencies on national security and trying hard to complete the re-verification of cellular SIMs in the best way possible.
"The citizens should fulfill their civic duty by getting their SIMs verified as early as they can," Telenor Pakistan CEO Michael Patrick Foley said in a media roundtable.
He stressed the importance of national security, adding everybody should play their part to end terrorism

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2 million unverified SIMs blocked




STAFF REPORT ISB: Around two million SIMs have been blocked around across Pakistan as the government had declared that all unverified SIMs may be blocked to keep a check over security.
Total SIMs were 135 million which were to be verified out of which two million were blocked and other are in the process of verification or blockade.
National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication has recently been informed that a joint working group formed by

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