SIM Information & Verification System (short code 668)
The aim of the service was to develop a software-based system that would provide an Internet and SMS based interface to end-users in order to retrieve the registered mobile SIM(s) information, which is very rare in public sector. A mobile based mechanism information system that receives CNIC number as a primary input, performs rapid database search and answers back the total number of SIM(s) registered with each mobile operator. The system can handle large volume of search queries at a given time. The system provides intelligible interface, compact connectivity with back-end database and 24/7 operational performance. The system has been hosted at PTA Headquarters premises. This concept has been appreciated at various renowned national and international forums like GSMA and other countries are also following this concept like, one of the example is Turkey which is working on the same pattern
What we deliver
Detail of the SIMs registered to user’s National Identity Card through SMS or web access. Assurance and confidence to the mobile subscriber that the SIM the user is using is registered against his CNIC and no false SIM is registered against his CNIC
Whom we deliver
All mobile phone users in Pakistan. Total 43.5 Million SMS hits have been observed to-date
Why is the project unique?
This project is not only beneficial for the general public but this project become vital security information to law enforcement agencies, enabling Government and law enforcement agencies to locate and monitor actual subscriber of the mobile phone, as SIMs are now registered to actual user of the SIM having valid CNIC numbers. Hence this project is unique and one of its kind in the region.
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Muhammad Amir Malik, Director (ICT), Pakistan Telecom Authority
PTA Headquarters, F-5/1
Islamabad, Pakistan 44000
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