Jul 17 2012
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Deadline to re-register your Etisalat, Du SIM cards begins today
The UAE's two telecom service providers on Tuesday launched an 18-month mobile phone number registration process with the aim of restoring discipline to the market and those who fail to register risk losing service.
Etisalat , one of the largest telecom firms in the Middle East, and the newly-established Du have set up 350 centres to receive nearly 12.5 million mobile phone subscribers who need to update their personal data in the service.
The "my number" process has been ordered by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority ( TRA ), which oversees the telecom services in the second largest Arab economy, with the aim of ending malpractices resulting from Sim swap, loss, misuse or being given by their owners to other persons.
"Using the SIM cards by persons other than their owners could bring real problems to their owners as those persons could be involved in offending or defaming others either through phone calls or texts. We want to put an end to such practices," he told Alittihad.
"GSM subscribers who fail to report to those centres to update their data and register their SIM cards will have their service disconnected," the paper said.
The UAE has one of the highest mobile phone penetration rates in the world, standing at around 155 per cent at the end of June.
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