69m SIMs verified and 11m blocked so far, PTA confirms

11 Mar 2015

With more than a month left until the deadline for re-verification, 68.76 million SIMs have been confirmed whilst a further 10.96 million have been disowned by customers, Pro Pakistani writes, citing the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). The roughly 80 million SIMs currently accounted for were registered to just 53.07 million Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs). Of the remaining 23 million SIMs, operators are expecting to verify around twelve to 15 million, whilst the rest are understood to be either dormant or to have been illegally registered. Commenting on the programme, the PTA said that it is content with the performance of the nation’s cellular providers and is already calling the campaign a success.