Ban on SIMs retail sale to cost cellulars Rs.35b/year

STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan’s cellular firms would likely to incur a major revenue loss to the tune of Rs. 35 billion annually chiefly due to the ban slapped on the sale of new SIMs through retailers network. Citing a source in Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, the paper reported that new sales fell by 75 percent, which translated into Rs. 4 billion as loss in revenues for five cellular operators in last two months. Additionally, the government earned 29 percent less revenues during the

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Other side of SIMs retail sale ban

DEVISING SHALLOW and immature policies has always been the privilege’ of the state authorities in one way or the other, apparently to benefit some quarters or individuals, or due to lack of the required level of vision. But the common man of this country has to bear the brunt of all this misgovernance. This time the axe falls on the poor retailers of telecom industry whom the authorities have left in the lurch by slapping ban on SIMs sale at retail points thus allowing the mobile phone

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Issue upto 5 SIMs against one CNIC: PTA

STAFF REPORT IBD: All mobile phone operators have been directed by the telecom authority to monitor the number of SIMs issued against one CNIC before selling new SIMs to a customer and that new SIMs should not be sold to anyone already having over five SIMs registered against one CNIC.Under these directives by the PTA, now a customer can have maximum five SIMs. The only way to get new SIM – if he/she has already five SIMs – is to get old, inactive and un-used SIMs blocked before making a new

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Cellcos directed to block all SIMs stocks by Nov 30

STAFF REPORT IBD: The government has recently directed all cellular mobile operators to block all SIM stocks available in the market and hand them over by November 30 this year.No SIM stocks shall be available at any sale point including customers’ service centers, franchises and retailers with effect from December 1, 2012. All cellular firms will allow roaming facility only to registered/verified satellite phones subscribers.In order to formally communicate this directive to the companies,

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Blocking pre-paid SIMs may plunge telecom sector into crisis

By Paras AliAN IMBROGLIO-LIKE situation has emerged plunging the telecom sector as the stakeholders including cell phone companies and the common users into deep shock following the National Assembly’s select committee recommending elimination of all pre-paid SIMs in the country and converting the post-paid SIMs mechanism to tackle the crimes being committed through misuse of thee illegal SIMs.Similarly, Interior Minister Rehman Malik meanwhile declared that over-the-counter sale of mobile

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SIMs purchase limit cut to 5

STAFF REPORT IBD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has revised the limit for purchase of SIMs from 50 to five for one individual in its amended Subscribers Antecedents Verification Regulations.According to the new rule of the Authority, an individual can have five SIMs – prepaid or postpaid – on one CNIC from different or one cellular phone companies.The Authority has issued its new orders following the direction of Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, who asked

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CJP directs PTA to ensure SIMs sale rules

STAFF REPORT IBD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary has directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to take a serious step in stopping illegal sale of mobile phone SIMs in Balochistan. The announcement was made when the CJP, along with two other judges, was listening to a petition related to the unfavorable law and order situation in the province.The chief justice said that under the law, one customer is allowed to keep 10 different SIMs against one CNIC. However

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Cellcos start automated system of SIMs sale

STAFF REPORT IBD: The PTA and all cellular mobile operators of the country have commercially launched an automated procedure for sale of mobile SIMs. According to the new mechanism, the subscribers’ documentation will be maintained electronically and Pre-Sale would be automated thereby linking it with already automated Post-Sale procedure called 789. PTA disclosed that since its commercial launch on April 1, 2012 about 40,000 verification requests have been rejected due to the new security

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