Nigeria, Pakistan fine telecom operators for failing to biometrically identify SIM card

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Pakistan has fined some telecom companies operating in the country for failing to verify that phone users identify their SIM cards using biometrics, while Nigeria is offering the same for network companies that do not verify user biometric identification (TIN) numbers. Ghana, for its part, has announced its intention to start biometric identification for SIM card subscriptions from October 1 this year.

Facial recognition for SIM subscribers in Pakistan

In order to combat the phenomenon of illegal issuance of SIM cards by some telecom operators, Pakistan says it is making facial recognition mandatory for both SIM card sellers and future purchases, according to 24NewsTV HD.

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) was quoted as saying that this process would run alongside other biometric identification procedures that are already in place for this purpose.

The report alludes to a PTA document which reveals that around three of the companies were fined a total of 23.5 million rupees (around US $ 150,000) after being accused of illegally issuing cards. SIM.

Further citing the PTA document, 24NewsHD TV mentions that a total of 526,000 of these illegally issued SIM cards have been blocked, around 360,000 national ID cards against which the SIM cards have been issued have been listed. black, while at least 29 employees of the various mobile phone companies suspected of having been involved in the transactions have all been suspended from their duties.

Fine proposed to Nigerian telecom operators for failing to verify SIM subscribers

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has proposed that all telecom operators operating in the country pay a fine of N 200,000 (approximately $ 485) for every subscriber on their work who has not had their ID number verified. national biometric (NIN).

It depends Punch newspaper which notes that the proposal is contained in a recently released document on a draft policy on registering telephone subscribers. The said regulations were drafted in 2020 and approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“A license holder who does not verify and validate biometric information, NIN and other personal information before activation, is liable to a penalty of 200,000 N for each subscription medium in violation of these requirements”, we read in part of the draft document cited by Punch.

There is an ongoing process for all mobile phone users in Nigeria to link their National Biometric Identification Number (NIN) to their SIM cards, with a deadline of October 31st.

SIM registration in Ghana from October

Ghanaian Minister of Communication and Digitization Ursula Owusu-Ekuful recently announced that SIM card registration for all mobile phone users in the West African country will start from October 1 to October 31. December.

Modern Ghana reports that the exercise, which will involve Ghanaian citizens as well as foreigners, is aimed at combating SIM boxing and other criminal activities carried out using unidentified SIM cards.

This decision, according to the minister, is in line with the country’s Subscriber Identity Module Registration Regulation, 2011, LI 2006.

Ghanaians are allowed to register up to 10 SIM cards for all networks and can register using their Ghana biometric card, while foreigners can register three SIM cards and need their passport or passport. another travel document to do so, Modern Ghana notes.

Business entities are expected to complete the process using their business registration documents obtained from the Registrar General’s service for registration.

The minister also said that the exercise, which will be conducted on the ground by agents of the telecom operators, will not only help establish a strong database for mobile phone subscribers in the country, but also enable Ghana Communication Authority to have accurate data. to inform its industry regulatory policy.

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biometric identification | biometrics | identity verification | KYC | cell phones | national identity card | Nigeria | Pakistan | SIM cards | telecom


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