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Thai Authorities Expand Biometric Registration Program to All SIM Cards

Thai Authorities Expand Biometric Registration Program to All SIM Cards

Authorities in Thailand are expanding the country’s biometric registration program for mobile subscribers nationwide. The National Broadcasting and Telecom Commission first announced that mobile network operators would be required to offer voluntary biometric registration to interested subscribers near the start of this year, and followed that move in late spring with a regulation mandating biometric…

MNOs Launch Biometric Onboarding Systems in India

MNOs Launch Biometric Onboarding Systems in India

Airtel and Vodafone have launched new biometric enrollment systems for mobile subscribers in India. They’re linked to Aadhaar, the country’s national biometric ID program that is used for an increasing number of authentication applications across the country. Developed in collaboration with Safran Security & Identity (formerly Morpho), Airtel’s system has gone live in its stores in Delhi, and…

Thailand Telecom Regulator Developing Mobile Biometric Security App

Thailand Telecom Regulator Developing Mobile Biometric Security App

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission is working on a new mobile application that will enable users of mobile banking services to add biometric security to their login credentials, reports the Bangkok Post. The announcement appears to be a response to a scandal in which a 28-year-old man was defrauded of almost a million baht,…

SIMs Disconnected for Saudis Who Have Not Registered Biometrics

SIMs Disconnected for Saudis Who Have Not Registered Biometrics

Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has gone ahead and disconnected the mobile subscribers who haven’t registered their fingerprint biometrics. It’s the conclusion of an initiative first announced last year, with the CITC following the direction of the Ministry of Interior, which aimed to prevent fraud in SIM registration. As the Saudi Gazette…

Police in Bangladesh Disrupt Biometric SIM Card Scheme

Police in Bangladesh Disrupt Biometric SIM Card Scheme

Police have disrupted what appears to have been a biometric identity fraud scheme in Mymensingh, Bangladesh. Police were alerted to the operation through a tip, and proceeded with a nighttime raid of a rented apartment in the city, where they found VoIP equipment, fake documents, a biometric scanner, and thousands of biometric SIM cards. Three individuals…

Bangladesh’s Unregistered Mobile Users Face May 1st Disconnection

Bangladesh’s Unregistered Mobile Users Face May 1st Disconnection

Following through on her insistence that the Bangladeshi government “will be tough on the issue,” State Minister for Telecom Tarana Halim has announced that mobile users in the country who haven’t registered their SIM cards will face disconnection on May 1st. It will only last a few hours, as it’s meant to serve as a…

Bangladesh High Court Clears Path for Biometric SIM Registration Project

Bangladesh High Court Clears Path for Biometric SIM Registration Project

Bangladesh’s High Court has cleared the way for the country’s biometric SIM card registration project to go ahead as planned. Authorities worked with MNOs to start registering users’ biometrics last autumn, with the measure being considered a crime-fighting effort, since it would help to stop criminals from using mobile devices under assumed names; in this…

UAE Mobile Users Required to Register Biometrics

UAE Mobile Users Required to Register Biometrics

Mobile users in the United Arab Emirates are now required to provide their fingerprint biometrics with Etisalat, the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation. Notices have been sent out to mobile users asking them to report to Etisalat offices to provide the scans for re-registration of their mobile accounts after renewing their Emirates IDs or residence visas. The…

Vodafone Names Morpho 2015 ‘Supplier of the Year’

Vodafone Names Morpho 2015 ‘Supplier of the Year’

Vodafone has named Morpho (Safran) its Supplier of the Year for 2015. The distinction comes via the telecom’s yearly event honoring its best supplier partners. Explaining the choice of Morpho for the award, Vodafone Procurement Company CEO Detlef Schultz said its “pioneering SIM card technology supports our continuous drive for delivering greater benefits and technological…

Orange to Facilitate ISC ePayments Authentication in Iraq

Orange to Facilitate ISC ePayments Authentication in Iraq

Orange Business Services has entered into a new agreement to provide SIMs enabling Iraqis to connect with International Smart Card POS terminals. The deal is being facilitated through Canny Quest International, ISC’s Dubai-based partner operating in Iraq. There are currently about 6,000 ISC terminals in operation across the country, offering financial transaction services such as…

Bangladesh Minister Takes Hard Line on Biometric SIM Registration

Bangladesh Minister Takes Hard Line on Biometric SIM Registration

The government minister overseeing Bangladesh’s major project to get mobile network operators to register the biometrics of all users is taking a firm tone as she seeks to ensure it unfolds as planned. Speaking to reporters, State Minister for Telecom Tarana Halim demanded greater cooperation from MNOs. Minister Halim said she has received about 300 reports…

Morpho Continues March Into Mobile Market

Morpho Continues March Into Mobile Market

Morpho (Safran) continues its march into the mobile market. In a new post on its website, Morpho’s Telecom Business Unit Vice President and General Manager, Yves Portalier, further clarifies the company’s strategy in this area since CEO Anne Bouverot first announced Morpho’s mobile plans last month. In framing Morpho’s strategy, Portalier points to advancements in SIM…