Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Information and Communication has asked the Ministry of Information and Communications to issue regulations governing pre-paid mobile subscribers as strictly as post-paid subscribers.

Le Quoc Cuong, Deputy Director of the department, told participants in a recent meeting to review its business performance in the first nine months held in the city that his department's proposal aimed at controlling pre-paid mobile subscribers as strictly as post-paid subscribers to limit the number of unregistered SIM cards.

Currently, to register a pre-paid SIM card, subscribers only need to provide their identity cards and then mobile phone providers manage their SIM cards based on the provided personal information only. Meanwhile, under post-paid subscription service, users must sign a contract with the network providers and provide their personal information, according to the department.

During the meeting, the department's officials also showed the Prime Minister's Decision No.35/2015/ QD-TTg on the amendment and supplement to Decision No.02/2012/QD-TTg dated January 13, 2012 of the prime minister promulgating the list of essential goods and services for which contract forms and general transaction conditions must be registered.

Therefore, under the decision, all pre-paid subscribers must sign contracts with mobile service providers similar to post-paid subscribers. The officials said this decision would take effect on October 15, 2015.

Besides, the department has asked the ministry to conduct regulations to handle spam messages from service providers.

The department also wanted the ministry to outline regulations soon to cut the use of mobile numbers relating to unlawful advertising messages.

Concerning direct calls to advertise products from sellers, the department also requested the ministry to enhance the protection of personal information of subscribers to avoid the information being used by others for illegal purposes.

The ministry was asked to study and issue regulations to control advertising, according to the department's officials.

It also wanted the ministry to implement measures to regulate business activities of mobile service providers which run value-added service on mobile networks, such as call-waiting ring tones and information search services without the permission of mobile phone users.-VNA