To combat the spread of fake fingerprints, the PTA is replacing non-live fingerprint detection devices with more advanced live fingerprint detection systems, which are already in place in 95% of devices to eliminate the use of fabricated prints.
PTA Blocked Illegally Issued SIM Cards
Furthermore, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has been actively blocking illegally issued SIM cards from various telecommunication companies, with 850,000 already blocked in 2023.
Moreover, their crackdown has resulted in the closure of approximately 8,500 retailers and 100 franchisees, all of whom were involved in the unauthorized issuance of SIM cards, with the PTA and FIA conducting 13 raids in 2023, resulting in 19 arrests.
Additionally, Cellular Mobile Companies (CMOs) found guilty of selling SIMs without authorization face significant fines under this strict approach.
Fined Imposed on Telcos
Furthermore, the PTA has imposed fines of Rs. 100 million on Zong, Rs. 70 million on Ufone, and Rs. 21 million on Telenor.
Moreover, the PTA is enforcing SIM Stock Binding at the franchisee level to ensure a more transparent SIM issuance process, with the goal of implementing this industry-wide by the end of the year.
Furthermore, they are pushing for a strong seller authentication system with three layers of verification—login/password, OTP, and biometrics—to be implemented across all CMOs.
Combating Against Illegally Issued SIM Cards
However, this comprehensive effort by the government and the PTA demonstrates a clear commitment to combating illegal SIM card issuance.
Furthermore, they intend to create a more secure and accountable system in the telecommunications sector by instituting stricter regulations, technological upgrades, and stringent enforcement.
Its purpose is to ensure that SIM cards are distributed legally and transparently, ultimately improving the country’s safety and security.
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