Osiptel suspends 393,090 pre-paid lines

25 Jan 2017

Peruvian telecoms watchdog the Supervisory Agency for Private Investment in Telecommunications (Organismo Supervisor de Inversion Privada en Telecommuniciones, Osiptel) has partially suspended 393,090 pre-paid mobile lines – belonging to 333,953 individual users – as part of its crackdown on unregistered SIMs. In a press release, the regulator explained that the lines were not considered verified as the personal data for the subscribers did match the records of the National Registry of Identification and Civil Status (Registro Nacional de Identificacion y Estado Civil, RENIEC). Of the total, 153,042 of the lines were attributed to Vietnamese-owned Bitel, followed by 141,410 Movistar lines, 58,078 Claro lines and 40,560 belonging to Entel subscribers.