The Communications Authority (CA) announced today (8 March 2022) its decision to issue directions pursuant to section 36B(1)(a) of the Telecommunications Ordinance (Cap. 106) to the five licensees listed below in respect of their contravention of the Guidelines on Implementation of Real-name Registration for SIM Cards (Guidelines) issued by the CA and the relevant condition of their licences –
The Telecommunications (Registration of SIM Cards) Regulation (Cap. 106AI) (Regulation) took effect on 1 September 2021 to implement the real-name registration programme for subscriber identity module (SIM) cards. The Regulation requires that all newly effective SIM service plans and new pre-paid SIM (PPS) cards shall require real-name registration before activation from 1 March 2022; and existing PPS cards shall require real-name registration on or before 23 February 2023.
The CA issued the Guidelines on 20 August 2021 to provide practical and administrative guidance to telecommunications service providers for implementation of the real-name registration programme in compliance with the Regulation. Among others, the Guidelines stipulate that telecommunications service providers shall put in place an electronic registration platform with a database for the SIM cards before 1 March 2022.
During its close follow up with the relevant licensees, the Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) noted that the above-mentioned five licensees failed to put in place in a timely manner an electronic registration platform in accordance with the Guidelines. Having considered OFCA’s assessment and the representations made by each of the five licensees concerned, the CA concluded that they have breached the Guidelines and the relevant condition of their licences. The CA’s directions were hence issued to these licensees today to require them to complete implementation of the electronic registration platform within three weeks and cease the sale, supply or activation of any new SIM cards with effect from 1 March 2022.
For details, please refer to the CA's Directions published on the CA’s website.
8 March 2022
|(1)||Registered licensee of Class Licence for Offer of Telecommunications Services (CLOTS), registration no. CLOTS0000066|
|(2)||Registered licensee of CLOTS, registration no. CLOTS0000071|
|(3)||Holder of Services-based Operator Licence No. 1568|
|(4)||Registered licensee of CLOTS, registration no. CLOTS0000056|
|(5)||Registered licensee of CLOTS, registration no. CLOTS0000070|