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Jordan gets phone e-authentication next year

3. TRC E-Authentication (Envato Elements)
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AMMAN — The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) said Jordanians will get a cellular phone authentication e-service using the biometric ID by next year, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

The TRC said it is putting the “final touches” on the technical features of the service, which was promised to be up and working by early 2020, but was delayed apparently as a result of lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The commission told the TV that the cellular phone line authentication project, which will document each individual user’s fingerprint, “is expected to be launched commercially next year”.

The TRC said the purpose of the authentication is to ensure that all cellular phone lines obtained from all communication firms operating in the Kingdom are documented under the name of their real users to avoid unspecified “social and judicial problems”.

While Jordanians are allowed up to 30 cellular phone lines from each of the three major communications service providers in Jordan, foreigners are allowed up to three lines from each of the firms.

A telecommunications sector report showed that the total mobile phone subscriptions as of the first quarter of 2022 reached 7.3 million, which included 5.4 million prepaid subscriptions, while the remainder was through billing.

The report said that mobile phones are used by 65.5 percent of the population.


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