No exceptions over fingerprint ID system for new Thai SIM cards, NBTC warns

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All mobile service providers will have to use a new fingerprint ID system for new prepaid and post Thai SIM card registrations from March.

Failure to do so will result in fines or license revocation, Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has warned.

The warning is aimed at mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), which, according to the Bangkok Post, is a company that provides mobile services but does not have its own mobile network.

According to Yozzo, an ICT consulting firm based in Thailand, who provides consultancy service for MVNO’s, telecom operators and broadcasters, some MVNO’s in Thailand include SAMART i-Mobile, Loxley Wireless Co., Ltd, TT&T PCL and 365 Communications Co.,Ltd.

Previously MVNOs had called on the NBTC to exempt them from fingerprint ID requirement, which was first announced back in November, saying it will be an additional financial burden and will make it more difficult for them to compete with larger network operators.

While not a mandatory requirement for customers, the NBTC has once again urged participation in the fingerprint ID system.

NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith said in November the system will help to “ensure greater security of the mobile banking channel and prevent the risk of fraud”.

The fingerprint ID system will work alongside the existing mandatory registration system which requires anyone buying a prepaid or postpaid SIM card to submit their ID card or passport.

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