No SIM ban yet

8 November 2010 10:10 am - 31     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By Madushika Gunawardane

There are no immediate plans to ban individuals from owning more than five mobile-phone SIM cards, the Telecommunication Regulatory Communication (TRC) said today. “A final decision on the matter will take a few more days,” TRC Chief Anusha Palpita told Daily Mirror.

It was reported earlier that according to a Defense Ministry order all SIM cards which were not  registered by December 31st 2010 would be terminated.

  Comments - 31

  • nishan Tuesday, 09 November 2010 03:02 PM

    Another sign of shallowness of TRC's think tank. In one instance it blows its trumpet about the development of Tele-density in South Asia, in other instance bows down to somebody's stupid ideas.


    weha Monday, 08 November 2010 04:18 PM

    well at banning multiple sims isn't a bad idea. since there are enough cases where some use they to harass females. but then again at the rate the packages are changing people should be allowed to move from one to another with ease.

    Deepal Monday, 08 November 2010 04:23 PM

    The problem of a person having multiple sims is that they cannot tap on particular phone numbers and get info. Very soon they will ban everything else and live happily ever after.

    NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN Monday, 08 November 2010 10:22 AM

    So there are no immediate plans to ban "White Van".

    willows Monday, 08 November 2010 10:24 AM

    restrict to 2 sims per person, more than enough

    sinband Monday, 08 November 2010 10:28 AM

    no more mega SMS for reality shows ! may be the idea behind the move.

    Sanath R Monday, 08 November 2010 10:40 AM

    Wonder where we are heading to. There seems to be too much interference into personal lives dictating what should be done or not. No addtl sim cards, can't eat flour based products except rice etc & cannot imagine what more is there in store.

    Nifrees Monday, 08 November 2010 10:44 AM

    it would be fair to ban who kept more than five sim in order to eradicate misuses of telecommunication.

    rosh Monday, 08 November 2010 10:44 AM

    no no, there are more culprits and terrorists to be hunted

    malkanthi Monday, 08 November 2010 10:47 AM

    I dont think there is anything wrong in having many SIM, already we appear in different identities all the time.

    Wimal Monday, 08 November 2010 10:49 AM

    ethi yantan

    jai Monday, 08 November 2010 11:01 AM

    no points to to ban [no benefits]..
    and its will be vialoation of human rights too...

    chris abey Monday, 08 November 2010 11:04 AM

    What is going on ?No buns, no doughnuts ,no extra SIMs no porn.Where is the freedom of choice?Next they will tell us what to wear,how many children we should have .

    Buraik Monday, 08 November 2010 11:04 AM

    Well. From the development point of view, better to regulate the multiple-use of sim. Not imposing anything, which decelerate of communication.

    Nilantha Monday, 08 November 2010 11:05 AM

    In Sri Lanka, most of the vans are in white color.. so do you want the GOV to ban?

    Sinha Monday, 08 November 2010 11:06 AM

    OK limit the use of number of sims to 2 or 5 but also allow number portability so that the consumer can switch between operator who are fleesing them.

    NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN Monday, 08 November 2010 11:06 AM

    Hunted culprits and terrorists are high profile ministers and politician in government.

    demon Monday, 08 November 2010 11:08 AM

    So,,,what they are going to ban next?

    Bus Ticket Doctor Monday, 08 November 2010 11:16 AM

    Number of SIM cards one could hold shall be less or equal to number of Service providers in the Island, each provider will have different service levels. One can’t force public what to choose. Its freedom of choice, authority must monitor to see whether the person using the SIM permanently is the real owner. Also, must reduce the phone charges which are too high compared to other countries.

    Loki Monday, 08 November 2010 11:28 AM

    Banning this ,banning that, only thing left is to ban the ban

    Knight Riders Monday, 08 November 2010 11:48 AM

    one mans dream is another mans nightmare.

    Wimal WBKPlug Wansha Monday, 08 November 2010 11:51 AM

    Nice to have as mush SIMS and Mobiles phones as possible.

    Just Another Citizen Tuesday, 09 November 2010 03:23 AM

    Banning SIM's will not stop nuisance calls, you don't need a mobile or multiple numbers to do that. In other countries it's the law that takes action against in those cases. However no one does it in Sri Lanka.

    Surasena Monday, 08 November 2010 12:05 PM

    call terminators frequently exploit this facility. its illegal business in sri lanka

    polkiccha Monday, 08 November 2010 12:09 PM

    good one...:D

    sujeewa Monday, 08 November 2010 12:27 PM

    there is no a no life.i pray 4 sri lanka without mobile phones.

    Gamaya Tuesday, 09 November 2010 04:58 AM

    why do u need more than one sim? you can't use more than one sim at anytime because u have only one mouth.

    Gamaya Tuesday, 09 November 2010 05:01 AM

    Just add some sort of tax to SIM cards. Then people will start to deactivate the extra SIMs as it costing to them.

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