Bahrain to cut off anonymous mobile users
Bahrain TRA warns unregistered pre-paid mobile users service will be cut by August end
Pre-paid mobile users in Bahrain have until the end of the month to register their personal details with their phone operator, or services will be suspended.
The Bahrain Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and mobile operators, Batelco, Viva and Zain, are warning users that they must properly register personal details by midnight on 31st August or their service will be cut off.
The cut-off point is being implemented to enforce TRA regulations introduced in July 2008, that are intended to prevent the illegitimate use of mobile networks by anonymous users, in the interest of security and public safety. Previously mobile users could register pre-paid lines anonymously, but authorities in many countries found that anonymous mobiles were being used by criminals and others to co-ordinate illegal activity, and began requiring proper identification of would be subscribers before they could register a pre-paid landline.
Bahrain's mobile operators are contacting unregistered, or improperly registered subscribers by SMS and voicemail to notify them of the need to register with them.