700 SIM cards registered by fingerprint scanning in first five days

Altogether 700 newly-bought pre-paid mobile phone SIM cards have been registered by means of fingerprint scanning during the first five days of registration as part of the security measure to prevent the SIM cards being misused by illegal elements.

Secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission Takorn Tanthasit said Wednesday since the enforcement of the new security measure in the provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla's Jana and Nathawee districts on June 1, a total 685 pre-paid SIM cards were registered.

These are broken down into: 200 SIM cards in Pattani, 204 in Yala, 173 in Narathiwat and 108 in Songkhla.

In Bangkok where registration is introduced on a trial basis and registration is not mandatory, 15 SIM cards were registered by means of fingerprint scanning. Fingerprint scanning is available at AIS, True and DTAC service centres at Siam Paragon as well as the TOT and CAT outlets in Laksi service centre.

Takorn said that, in the next step, fingerprint scanning for newly-bought pre-paid SIM cards will be compulsory nationwide in August when about 20,000 scanning machines will be distributed to provide the services to people across the country.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)