Indonesia’s MCIT poised to implement SIM identification

17 Dec 2015

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) in Indonesia is preparing to implement new rules requiring consumers to confirm their identity when purchasing a new pre-paid SIM card, some ten years after it adopted a ministerial decree on the measure. The Jakarta Post writes that from 22 December 2015 anyone buying a pay-as-you-go SIM will be required to present personal identification papers, as the government finally moves to prevent identity fraud and the possible misuse of telecoms services/devices for nefarious means.

It is understood that the main mobile network operators are broadly in support of the personal identification scheme, with Indosat Ooredoo chief sales and distribution officer Joy Wahyudi quoted as saying that the firm was technically and administratively ready to implement the regulation. ‘Indosat Ooredoo has readied our new system to accommodate the customer database details. The new SIM cards have been distributed and our retailers have been informed. We can say that we are ready,’ he said. Echoing Indosat Ooredoo, Telkomsel sales director Mas’ud Kamid added that the company was also ready to implement the decree’s requirements, noting that any potential problems with its implementation would be handled ‘collaboratively between retailers and operators’.