MCI's response to PQ on pre-paid cards

Parliament Sitting on 14 April 2014

QUESTION FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

806. Mr Pritam Singh: To ask the Minister for Communications and Information (a) since 2005, how many Singaporeans, permanent residents and foreigners respectively have more than three pre-paid SIM cards registered under their name; and (b) how many of these pre-paid SIM card users have not topped up their SIM cards at least once in the six-month window as required for their continued use.

Answer: 

      As at end-2013, 92% pre-paid SIM card subscribers held three or less cards, while 8% held four or more cards.  Of the 8%, 1% were Singaporeans and 7% were non-Singaporeans.  For the whole year 2013, an aggregated number of about 2.6 million pre-paid SIM card subscriptions were not topped-up within 6 months and hence expired.  For such expired cards, the mobile operators will recycle the telephone numbers.  

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