SIM re-registration enters fifth phase

2 Sep 2013

The United Arab Emirates’ telecoms watchdog, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), has implemented the fifth and penultimate phase of its SIM re-registration campaign ‘My Number, My Identity’, which was launched in July 2012 and is scheduled to end at the start of 2014. The 18-month initiative is being implemented in collaboration with the country’s two licensed telecoms operators, Etisalat and Du, to increase awareness of new registration procedures for mobile services and requires subscribers to update their personal data and ensure that their SIM cards are registered under their name to prevent misuse. ‘My Number, My Identity’ is divided into six stages, each of which targets a different group of subscribers; during the remaining two phases, around four million customers will be required to re-register their details.

‘The campaign focuses on the procedures that will be taken by the TRA to ensure the transparency in dealing with mobile subscribers and protecting their privacy if misuse occurs by users who use mobile services not registered under their names,’ noted TRA director general Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, adding: ‘According to the latest statistics registered during the month of August 2013, more than twelve million subscribers have registered and updated their data packages.’ He revealed that Etisalat and Du have together suspended the service of around three million subscribers during the last few phases of the campaign, and said that the two operators have also started to gradually disconnect customers who were targeted during the earlier stages.