Cellcos refused tax exemption on SIMs verification

STAFF REPORT ISB: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has categorically conveyed to the telecom companies that the government’s policy does not allow any new exemption of duties and taxes under compensation package for telecom sector.
According to sources, a meeting of FBR team of tax managers and CEOs of all telecom operators held at FBR House last week on the re-verification of SIMs under the National Action Plan.
The meeting mainly discussed the compensation package for telecom

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Cellcos may face military courts if SIMs not verified

STAFF REPORT ISB: The government has warned cellular phone companies that they could be prosecuted in the military courts under the terrorism law if their un-verified SIMs are found in any terrorist activity after the expiry of deadline fixed for re-verification of SIMs through Biometric Verification System (BVS), it is learnt. Official sources said that at a high-level meeting held here, representatives of the telecom industry sought one year for the SIMs re-verification through BVS,

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40 million unverified mobile SIMs blocked in Pakistan

STAFF REPORT LHR: Authorities have blocked around 40 million unverified mobile SIM cards across the country as part of the national campaign against the unverified SIMs in the wake of rising incidents of terrorism.
This information was given during a recently held meeting of the Senate’s Standing Committee on ITandT.
IT Minister Anusha Rehman urged legislation against cyber crimes and said all efforts would be made to block unverified mobile SIMs.
Illegal SIM cards pose a serious

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Cellcos show inability to verify SIMs in given time

STAFF REPORT ISB: Mobile companies have conveyed to the government their inability to complete the SIMs verification through biometric system within the 28 days started from the last week of December.
Not only the task cannot be completed within the given time but it could cost the consumers in terms of increased tariff that the companies might impose to cover the costs of biometric verifications process, an official, requesting anonymity, told this scribe.
He said that it is not the

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Cellcos may face action against misuse of SIMs

STAFF REPORT ISB: The government is mulling to launch a crackdown against cellular phone companies, which have issued illegal SIM cards used in recent terrorist acts.
According to an official of PTA, the government has directed the cellular companies to block 0.5 million illegal SIM cards or face crackdown against them.
He said that intelligence agencies are also trying to catch the former employee of a cellular company, who issued five SIM cards on the name of a woman hailing from

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Strict re-verification of SIMs stressed in Sindh

STAFF REPORT KHI: Inspector General Police, Sindh, Ghulam Hayder Jamali, has constituted a committee of DIGs including DIG CIA and Zonal DIGs of Karachi to formulate practical recommendations in close coordination and discussion with PTA, Karachi Zone, with regard to SIMs issued before introducing Biometric Verification System (BVS) especially.
The committee, during a meeting, has further been directed to identify the quantum of unverified SIMs issued and to recommend suitable action

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Phone SIMs issuance only after biometric verification

STAFF REPORT ISB: Under a recently signed agreement signed, mobile phone SIMs would be activated only after biometric verification of customers.
The agreement aimed at stopping the use of SIMs in terrorist activities was signed by telecom operators and the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra).
"The new procedure for issuance of SIMs would come into force by the end of July," said an official of the ministry.
Under the agreement, the telecom companies will

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SIMs to be activated only after biometric verification

STAFF REPORT KHI: PTA has announced that mobile SIMs in Sindh and Balochistan will be activated only through Biometric SIM Verification System as an alternative of dialing 789 after March 31, 2014.

In this regard PTA considering most volatile security situation of these two provinces has decided to activate any SIM that will be bought from Sindh and Balochistan are to be activated only through recently launched Biometric SIM Verification System.

PTA advised customers the new mobile

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Biometric SIMs sales ramp up

STAFF REPORT IBD:Telenor has successfully installed the biometric verification system for all SIM card sales at its sales and service centers throughout the country.

"We have completed the installation of biometric verification systems at all our Sales and Service Centers to ensure higher accuracy of subscriber data," Aslam Hayat, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Telenor said, while commenting on this initiative. This system was brought forward by the PTA in 2012, though

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Warid sets record by selling high post-paid SIMs

STAFF REPORT IBD: Warid Telecom has sold more than 19,000 post-paid connections in a single month marking a new record in the field of telecom sector which is witness a tough competition.

According to insiders, this record number of 19,000 postpaid sales came through franchise, Corporate Sales and Business Center network, which is a record score for any cellular company in a single month.

They said that the postpaid customers are treated as the special customers as they pay their

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PTA blocks IP addresses, SIMs to curb grey traffic

STAFF REPORT IBD: As part of its crackdown on grey traffic’, the Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) has blocked more than 200,000 internet protocol (IP) addresses, 1,382 mobile SIMs, and 3,160 phones/devices through their IMEI numbers during the past month.

According to details, the authority has begun monitoring grey traffic since early October and is blocking IP addresses automatically when they are not in the PTA whitelist.

As part of the effort, the existing whitelist has

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4.7 million unverified SIMs set to be blocked

STAFF REPORT LHR: The telecom authorities have been directed to consult mobile phone operators to block unregistered and illegal SIMs (subscriber identity modules) "before the launch of the Karachi operation".

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif issued these instructions while presiding over a meeting at Raiwind as part of the ongoing consultations to come up with a mechanism to rid the country, especially Karachi, of "anarchic elements".

The PM underlined the need for

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SIMs sale linked with bio-metric system

STAFF REPORT KHI: The Sindh High Court has directed completion of biometric system and registration of all SIMs through it till September 5.

"SIMs should not be issued until biometric verification to any person," the court ordered to the authorities observing that SIMs are being used in criminal activities.

At present mobile phone service operators issue SIMs just on submitting a copy of National Identity Card and in some cases law and order agencies have detected hundreds

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Cell phones, SIMs taxes revised upward

STAFF REPORT IBD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has slapped tax on mobile phone and SIM which will fetch Rs. 150 on a phone having camera on front and rear side and a screen size of up to 4.2 inches or processor power less than 2 GHz.According to a notification issued by FBR, Rs. 500 tax would be imposed on the phone having a camera of 10 megapixels or higher, a touchscreen larger than 4.2 inches, and a dual-core processor.It also explained that BlackBerrys and phones running iOS, Android 2

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Cellcos incur Rs 3.7b loss on SIMs issue

STAFF REPORT IBD: Cellular phone operators have incurred a loss of over Rs 3.75 billion through blocking of 15 million unregistered, unauthorized and unused SIMs on the directives of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) during the last few months.The operators’ losses of these SIMs from their networks primarily on the account of activation charges of Rs 250 per SIM paid to the government from their own pockets on behalf of their customers who are no more with them due to illegal

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Cellcos subscribers entry slows after new SIMs rules

STAFF REPORT IBD: the sales of cellular connections in Pakistan has drastically declined following the new SIM rules are confining cellular companies to sell SIMs via service centres and company owned franchises only.According to latest data issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, five cellular companies could add a total of 143,609 new subscribers in February 2013, down from the average addition of around 1000,000 subscribers per month during past six months.The data shows that the

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Nadra to get task for SIMs verification system

STAFF REPORT IBD: NADRA is set to deploy Biometric Verification System for sale of new SIMs, said a recently issued statement by National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA). "NADRA has prepared the Biometric Verification System for Telecom operators, all preparations for Biometric Verification Systems have been carried out and NADRA is ready for launch from 28th February, 2013," it said. In this regard, the Authority has demonstrated its services and applications to Pakistan

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