Cyta and MTN oppose pre-paid identification bill

19 Nov 2012

Cyprus’ two mobile network operators Cyta and MTN are opposing a bill making it compulsory for users of pre-paid phone cards to supply personal identification when buying the service, The Cyprus Mail reports. In a discussion of the issue at the House Communications Committee last week police representatives backed the bill on the basis of preventing crime, but Cyta and MTN argued that they stand to lose a lot of money if the law is passed. Cyta claimed it would lose EUR10 million (USD12.7 million) while MTN said its turnover would be ‘halved.’ Committee chairman Antonis Antoniou said there was no uniform policy on the matter in the EU, although nine EU countries have passed legislation making it compulsory for users to register their identity when buying a pre-paid card.