Bangkok – Perpetrators of violence in southern border provinces are known to use mobile phone SIM cards from outside the provinces and from neighbouring countries to trigger explosive devices. Some of these SIM cards have been found to have been purchased with only a registered personal email address. The Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) now requires all SIM cards in the area to be registered with the owner’s facial image and identity by 31st October, and has launched a registration service via mobile application.
ISOC spokesperson Maj Gen Thanathip Sawangsaeng said that ISOC Region 4 and the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has agreed to develop an application allowing mobile users outside the three southern border provinces to register their SIM card themselves before travelling into the area.
The ISOC and NBTC are now developing the application, and will be informing mobile users regarding the new requirement and the new registration application for the convenience of villagers and travelers.