ISLAMABAD (PAKISTAN)Mobile SIM Information and Verification System (668) developed, deployed and hosted by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has received regional applaud. The application was listed among the finalist during recently held mBillionth South Asian Awards 2011 at New Delhi organized by Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF). Billionth Award is a dedicated platform to explore the latent potential of mobile & telecom sector across 8 countries in South Asia. The award is designed as an annual South Asia’s highest mobile & telecom award platform leading to larger regional Mobile Congress in media and policy advocacy.
The 668 system provides an internet and SMS based interface to end-users in order to retrieve their registered mobile SIM(s) information. PTA introduced “SIM Information System 668” for the verification and correction of mobile SIMs data. Through this service subscriber can send his CNIC to 668 through SMS and in return he would receive detail of total SIMs against his CNIC alongwith name of the mobile company. In case of any discrepancy, the user can visit CSC alongwith original CNIC to get the data corrected. This campaign was the part of PTA efforts to block all illegal SIMs and clean the data of mobile users.
During the last 3 years, PTA under the leadership of Dr. Mohammed Yaseen has carried out a number of significant steps towards betterment of ICT eco-system of the country. These include establishment of local Internet Peering Point, transition of .pk domain, Development of National Rabta Information Portal (Pakistan.pk), online Telecommunication Consumer Complaints Management System, development of telecommunication footprints of Pakistan and proliferation of broadband services. PTA is soon to launch dedicated ICT yellow pages of Pakistan, local content search engine and first ever SMS-based consumer perception survey for telecom consumers of Pakistan.