Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has instructed the service providers not to issue more than two SIM cards in the name of a single person.
This decision was made on the recent board meeting on Sunday, 13th Ashar. So, if the person is using more than two sim cards they had to either disable it or need to register in another name.
Mostly it is seen that the multiple SIM CARDS are registered to the same person. So, NTA thought this could cause more chances of misusages of the sim cards.
Furthermore, most financial transactions these days verify identity using the SIM card (phone number). For example, the banking card, mobile banking IDs, social media OTPs and so on use the mobile numbers as a unique verification ID.
Regarding all this NTA brought this new provision to all the Telecom users.
This is applicable for both old and new customers of the Telecom.
For old users they will be notifying them to disable multiple sims or transfer the SIMs in other names.
If Telecom operators don’t comply, NTA can impose a maximum fine of up to Rs. 50,000 as per Sub-Section 1 of Section 28 of the Telecommunications Act, 2053 BS.
According to the new directive, mobile operators cannot sell more than two SIM cards per person that can be either Postpaid as well as Prepaid. However, For CDMA users, they can get additional CDMA sim cards. One will be issued for GSM service and one more for the CDMA service.