KSA increases fines for illegal SIMs

Companies involved in illegal sale of SIMs face SAR25m fine

Tags: Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)Saudi Arabia
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KSA increases fines for illegal SIMs Saudi Arabia is clamping down on unregistered SIMs.
By  Roger Field Published  June 17, 2013

Saudi Arabia's telecoms regulator, the Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC), has increased the fines for companies involved the illegal sale of SIM cards to SAR 25 million from SAR 5 million, in line with a royal decree.

The regulator added that the penalty would be doubled for repeat offenders.

Meanwhile, individuals who knowingly buy a SIM card that is registered in someone else's name would be found guilty of impersonating other people, Arab News reported.

Local municipalities will be responsible for imposing penalties on companies that break the ruling, the report started.

Expatriates who knowingly buy an illegal SIM card will be referred to several authorities including the police, the Labor Office and the Passport Department, according to the report.

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