Saudi regulator moves to block illegal pre-paid SIM use

5 Jul 2012

Saudi Arabia’s telecoms regulator, the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), has announced that all mobile pre-paid top-up transactions will require the user to input his or her ID card number from the end of this month. The new regulation is part of the government’s scheme to block the use of illegal pre-paid cards and to ensure that all mobile users have their details registered to help stamp out mobile phone-related crime. The CITC first unveiled the scheme several months ago, MENAFN reports, but the country’s mobile operators asked for some time to alter their top-up systems to incorporate the new requirements.