Almost 50 Million Mobile Phone Numbers Re-Registered in Accordance With New Gov’t...

Almost 50 Million Mobile Phone Numbers Re-Registered in Accordance With New Gov’t Policy


Jakarta — About 47 million prepaid mobile phone cards have been re-registered and verified by mobile telecommunication providers as of Monday (30/10), Communications and Information Technology Minister Rudiantara told reporters. The minister said there are currently 300 million active mobile phone cards in the country. The ministry has encouraged mobile phone card users to re-register their numbers and provide complete personal data, including birth dates and ID card numbers, before Oct 31 to be verified. Foreigners will be forced to register their passport numbers in lieu of an Indonesian ID card. “The service aims to improve customers convenience,” Rudiantara said. However, the Indonesian Consumer Protection Foundation (YLKI) has warned about potential data breaches if the government follows through on its plan to force all mobile numbers to re-register with telecommunication providers. Rudiantara countered those claims, saying the government’s plan will effect protect mobile users from fraud. If an individual fails to register, according to a previous statement, their numbers would be blocked. Service providers will starting blocking outgoing calls and short message services, followed by incoming calls and all messages, as well as internet services. The active number of mobile phone subscriptions exceeds the country’s population of 250 million by more than 50 million. The minister explained that is because many Indonesians carry more than one mobile phone.