PTA committee to address Sim security concerns
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has established a four-member committee to draft measures to find new ways to sell prepaid Sims and ways to streamline prepaid customer data. The committee includes officials from the PTA and the ICT ministry, Dawn reports citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter. In 2009, the PTA told the mobile operators to only sell inactive Sims to customers after they show their national identity card. To activate the Sim customers must call a number and confirm their identity details. However, after more than three years, serious questions have been raised over the effectiveness of the system.