PTA restricts maximum number of SIMs

11 Jul 2012

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has revised the limit of SIMs allowed per person to five, reports the Daily Times. In an amendment to subscriber verification regulations, the watchdog has said that no more than five SIMs could be registered to a single Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC). Previously, a subscriber could purchase up to ten SIMs per provider, allowing each individual to have up to 50 SIMs registered to a single CNIC. The PTA claims that the move will help restrict the illegal sale of mobile phones, and their use in criminal activities, though some operators have reportedly raised concerns that it will have a negative impact on their sales and inconvenience legitimate subscribers that exceed the new limit.