MNOs begin halting sales of new phone lines through distributors
Mobile network operators have stopped selling new phone lines through distributors and cut them off from SIM cards and ways to wirelessly recharge phone lines on Wednesday, distributors tell Al Borsa. The move comes in accordance with a National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority decision to limit sales of new phone lines only to official branches of telecom companies starting from 1 March as a means to enforce know-your-customer regs. MNOs have started winding down sales through distributors from last month, causing disruption among distributors who eagerly await an alternative plan from MNOs. Distributors are hoping telecoms adopt a new franchise system that would include them. Some are also calling for monetary compensation from MNOs, according to Al Mal.