The authority has already blocked 16.2 million unregistered and unverified SIMs and mobile connections during Phase-I and Phase-II of SIM Information System-668, said a press release of PTA here on Wednesday.
After the completion of Phase-I and Phase-II only 16.78 million connections out of 105 million were left over to re-verify their antecedents.
PTA shortlisted a total of 3.5 million SIMs without mentioning the numbers for each operator, that are said to be un-verified.
In other means, PTA has identified only 3.5 million SIMs as un-verified, out of total 105 million mobile connections.
Moreover, these SIM’s won’t get permanently blocked, instead they can call 789 to verify their data and get the SIM working again.
During Phase-III of 668, a total of 13.28 million targeted mobile connections were approached and re-verified, it said.
PTA spokesperson Khurram Mehran said the authority has so far found 13.2 million SIMs rightly registered out of a hundred and five million.
He added that almost point 9 million users have not verified their registrations.
The verification process will continue for 4 weeks.
Telecom companies were instructed by the PTA to adopt all likely procedures to verify cellular connections of their customers – within a particular time period.
At the same time, the PTA directed telecom companies to block all unverified and unauthorised mobile connections by May 17, if subscribers did not get their SIMs registered on their computerized identity cards.
As mentioned in a previous report, PTA Chairman Dr Muhammad Yaseen said all unregistered SIMs will be blocked by May 17 as the SIM data correction process goes into its final stage.
PTA has made the service of 668 free of charge where consumer can know the count of SIMs of each mobile company registered against his CNIC by sending his CNIC number to 668 through SMS.PTA said that the Chairman is personally monitoring the whole exercise.
PTA Chairman said users have to send their CNIC number to 668 in order to get a reply with a list of all the SIMs registered on their names.
How to Unblock a SIM, Blocked By PTA?
PTA has said that during the blocking process a particular SIM/connection shall only be allowed to call 789 for re-verification of user’s antecedents. Through 789 system a customer has to approach Call Center of the concerned mobile company by dialing short code 789 and re-register & verify his antecedents through NADRA’s database by answering mandatory secret questions i.e. mother’s name and place of birth so as to activate his non-active SIM.
With a view to further facilitate the mobile users, individual SMS shall again be sent to all left over target mobile connections advising them to approach 789 so as to avoid completely blocking of their SIMs.