During the course of the past one year, spread over 3 phases up till now, Warid has installed over 10,000 devices across Pakistan in compliance with PTA’s directives pertaining to mandatory installation of Biometric Verification System(BVS), and they have already been ‘deployed to retailers’ across Pakistan.
Last year, during its first phase of development, Warid introduced the Biometric Verification System in Karachi, and then expanded its implementation to other places across Sindh and Balochistan, covering ‘12 business centers and 358 franchises’. In its second developmental phase, Warid further installed over 2,000 devices in the same region.
The most recent phase commenced on July 31st, 2014, Warid installed over 10,000 devices across Pakistan in its third developmental phase, which makes it in line with PTA directives, reportedly. This development has successfully established Warid’s presence in the telecom industry, and has further solidified its future prospects in Pakistan, as the competition constantly increases.
The Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) had issued directives for establishing the network of biometric verification system throughout Pakistan, by implementing a strict adherence to its issued directives, which are mandatory for all telecom providers. PTA had given the deadline of August 1st, 2014 for the installation of biometric devices and implementation of its usage.
Previously, PTA had made it known that no SIM would be ‘activated or sold’ after the abovementioned date if the customers had not been ‘verified’ by the biometric verification system. PTA added that SIMs ‘would not be activated via 789’ in the near future and would necessarily have to be verified by the Biometric Verification System at the time of sale by all the telecom providers, as it is essential to maintain compliance with PTA directives before the issuance of SIMs.
The Biometric Verification System uses a device that will ‘cross check’ the customer’s fingerprints with NADRA’s database of recorded fingerprints, which will verify the authenticity of the CNIC holders’ identity. After this procedure is completed, the SIM would then be issued in the respective customer’s original name.
The Pakistani population has been facing severe predicaments during significant expansion of telecom providers and related technology, but this step will help the telecom industry grow and also make records verifiable through a proper channel. The progression of the telecom industry has brought immense economic development to Pakistan, ranging from creating employment to improving the economy with substantial growth on its own.
Meanwhile, other competitive telecom providers in Pakistan have followed suit and implemented the biometric verification system across Pakistan with a dissimilar rate of development.