Saturday, March 21, 2009

Mobile cos asked to implement new system

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ISLAMABAD: Showing satisfaction over the new system of activation of SIMs after verifications, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Dr Mohammad Yaseen asked the CEOs of all mobile companies to ensure strict implementation of devised procedures and if franchisers/retailers found guilty, then action should be taken against them.
A meeting was held at the PTA headquarters, which was attended by Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of all mobile companies here on Thursday. PTA chairman appreciated the efforts made by mobile companies in the launching of the new system of “Activation of SIMs after Verification”.
Yaseen informed that PTA is constantly monitoring the new regime throughout Pakistan, AJ &K and the Northern areas. It was observed that system performance is more than satisfactory and whatever teething problems were faced in the initial stages have been sorted out.
Chairman PTA informed the CEOs that PTA has also compared the sales of SIMs of February, 2008 with that of February 2009 after the launch of the new regime. It was revealed that there was a slight increase in the sales of SIMs as compared to last year, which highlights the efficiency of the new system and proves wrong the concerns of mobile companies and others regarding the decrease in sales of SIMs due to the system.
Chairman PTA emphasised that the procedures and processes must be monitored by mobile companies themselves so that franchisees and retailers are kept in check. Any franchisee/retailer found violating the procedure shall be dealt with severely.
Yaseen informed the meeting that PTA has been interacting with different organisations using jammers, and continuous work is undertaken to remove the illegal jammers so that the availability of an interference free spectrum is ensured.
It may be mentioned that PTA and the mobile industry are also working jointly to introduce a new SMS based system by virtue of which a mobile user can know the number of SIMs working against his/her CNIC by sending an SMS. A similar system is active through which a subscriber sends a blank message to ‘667’ and the return message provides the antecedents of that particular SIM owner.

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