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Papua New Guinea to Require SIM Card Registration

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Papua New Guinea's telecoms regulator, NICTA has opened a public consultation on how it should require SIM cards to be registered by their users.

The regulator said that the changes could come under the provisions of an existing law covering the "Improper Use of ICT Services".

In its statement, the regulator said that the need for the regulation is to address the uncontrolled sale of pre-activated SIM cards amid calls for relevant government authorities to take action on the alleged use of mobile phones in carrying out illegal activities, and for Mobile Operators to eliminate 'anonymous' or 'pseudo-anonymous' mobile phone users.

The regulator said that a mobile phone user without mandatory registration may inconvenience or pose problems to law enforcement activities, public safety officials and national security agencies as well as the community at large.

The deadline for comments is close of business - August 19, 2013.

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