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MIIT Scrutinises Real-Name Registration Compliance

In July 2016, the Network Security Bureau under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) conducted surprise inspections on the compliance of the real-name registration requirement by mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), who are required to register the real names of newly signed up mobile phone users by the regulatory authority. The inspections were carried out in a bid to provide guidance to the MVNOs and urge them to step up implementation efforts. Spot checks were also performed to gauge the compliance rate of the registered information of existing network service users of some MVNOs.

The surprise inspections concerning the real-name registration of new network service users covered 109 sales points of 26 resellers, and 37 sales points were found to have committed acts in violation of the relevant rules. The non-compliance ratio was 33.9%, down 11 percentage points from January 2016. Thirteen of the 50 physical sales points inspected were found to have defied the rules (non-compliance ratio being 26.0%), and so did 24 of the 59 online sales points inspected (non-compliance ratio being 40.7%).

The sales points of 15 resellers, namely Sharing Mobile, Bus Online, Haihang, Guiyang Longmaster, T-WORLD, SeeCom, Suzhou Snail, G++, Suning Mobile, Yinsheng, Aisidi, JD.com, Dr Peng, YuanTel and Lianlian, were found to be non-compliant in the recent round of investigations.

Meanwhile, the sales points of 11 MVNOs were found to be rule-abiding. These operators are D Phone, Ali Telecom, Channelst, Heyi, HOdo Group, Lianxiang, Fenghuang, Minsheng E-commerce, Xingmei Shengdian, Telling Telecommunication and Xiaomi Technology.

In view of the problems identified during the investigations, the Network Security Bureau has recently released a notice of rectification, demanding immediate correction of acts in violation of the real-name registration requirement and criticising MVNOs that failed to comply with the requirement when signing up new network service users. Besides, relevant departments, persons-in-charge and non-compliant sales points should be held accountable and seriously dealt with. For Sharing Mobile which was discovered to have seriously violated relevant rules during spot checks of the registered information of both new and existing network service users, the basic telecommunications services enterprises concerned have been asked to continue suspending the assignment of mobile network resale codes to the operator.

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