Thailand’s cabinet yesterday agreed in principle to the recently revealed pre-paid mobile user registration scheme drawn up by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC), reports the Bangkok Post. Under the programme, pre-paid SIM card users must register their personal identification information for security reasons, within six months of the measure being formally approved, or they will be blocked from using services. The NBTC launched its registration programme via a circular announcement released on 1 February, from which date it said mobile operators will be fined if they activate a new pre-paid SIM card without registering the customer’s identity. The cabinet has also agreed to let the NBTC ‘track the telephone usage of pre-paid customers if they fail to register’.
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