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Unregistered mobile numbers to be terminated from 1 Oct

Mobile carriers have been ordered to notify users of 3.6m unregistered mobile numbers regarding cellular service termination, prior to the deadline on 1 October 2015, NBTC Secretary-General says.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) Secretary-General Takorn Tantasith has revealed that all unregistered mobile numbers in pre-paid services will be permanently terminated on 1 October 2015.

He has said that the NBTC today ordered mobile service carriers to notify their unregistered users via text message regarding the number’s termination, prior to 1 September 2015, stating that service providers are legally required to notify mobile phone users 30 days before the termination of unregistered numbers commence.

Unregistered numbers can only receive calls and dial emergency service numbers, while making normal calls and internet access will be disabled. Users can still register their numbers within August 2015 to regain full cellular functionalities.

The NBTC Secretary-General has said that carriers and service providers who fail to comply to the order will face penalties according to the NBTC regulations. The Secretary-General highlights this crucial duty, as the neglect on this number registration could lead to national security issues, in the wake of the bombing incident.

The penalties for carriers failing to comply to the directive will include a 0.1 percent fine of their annual income for any acts against NBTC’s order, 0.3 percent fine for acts from users who are affecting public benefits, and 0.5 percent for acts that are considered unfair towards competitors.

NNT

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