The government has so far detected nearly 1,000 SIMs, which were not correctly registered through the biometric system, State Minister for Telecom Tarana Halim said yesterday.
“We will fine the telecom operators in a week and the operators have to pay $50 as a fine for each faulty SIM,” Tarana said after a meeting with the telecom regulator at the regulator's office.
“When we started the biometric verification in December last year, illegal VoIP traffic was 35 percent of the entire call volume, which came down to 12 percent in June after the end of re-registration.”
The illegal VoIP traffic came down to 9 percent in July, she said.
Of 13.2 crore active SIMs, 11.6 crore were re-registered through the biometric system, according to government data.