MIIT wants real name registration policy

5 Jan 2010

According to the news service Interfax, China’s telecoms regulator the MIIT plans to work with other government departments to create a real name registration policy for mobile phone users by the end of 2010. However, Liu Jiang, an official in the MIIT’s technology department, said that there are two significant obstacles to implement the policy. Firstly, China currently has nearly 200 million unregistered mobile phone users already, and secondly, it will be difficult for mobile phone distributors to confirm real names and carry out the relevant checks during the sales process. The watchdog had planned to implement the real name registration policy in 2006 following a public call for a clamp down on spam SMS. However, trials in Sichuan Province were unsuccessful due to a lack of support and the scheme was abandoned.