Watch VideoPlay Video
Of the 700 million mobile phone users in China, 74 percent of them have received fraud massages and commercial ads. The implementation of the real-name registration is of great importance to protect users' privacy, and stop spam text messaging.
Government officials and experts say the real-name registration system will prevent fraud and crimes conducted through mobile connections. It's also expected to help regulate the mobile communication market.
Zhu Gaofeng, Academician, Chinese Academy of Engineering said "I think it is very necessary to implement such a system because the development of communication technology is a double-edged sword: on one hand, it brings people convenience and enjoyment, but on the other, it also has side effects. The process of carrying out the plan is tough, but it is still necessary and worthwhile."
China is far from the first country to implement such a registration system. Japan realized the problem with registration in 2000, and started to solve the problems with a joint monitoring system by several service providers. In Germany, the Telecommunication Law requires potential mobile users to provide their identification information before purchasing a SIM cards. Swiss parliament passed a similar law in 2003 to require people, including visitors, to provide ID cards and passports to buy a SIM card for their cellphone.
Malcolm John, Director of Telecommunication Standardization Bureau said "Many countries are doing it, the system: better managed, better regulated."
The system in those countries has proved to be helpful in a wide range of social issues, from anti-terror and tracking criminals, to curbing message spam. Government officials and experts believe the implementation of real-name registration is a good starting point to reduce those risks and regulate the mobile communication market.