CITC partially suspends Mobily pre-paid services

Updated 25 November 2012

CITC partially suspends Mobily pre-paid services

JEDDAH: The Communication and Information Technology Commission announced yesterday that it was partially suspending pre-paid telecom services of Mobily for new customers until the company fulfills CITC regulations.
The suspension came into effect yesterday, the Kingdom’s telecom regular said in a brief statement, adding that the punitive measure would be in place until the company fulfills all the regulations related to pre-paid telecom services including the linking of recharge with customers’ ID numbers.
Mobily recently launched its awareness campaign targeting prepaid packages subscribers. The campaign emphasized on the importance of updating the subscribers’ account data before the end of July 2012; which is the date set by the CITC.
The CITC declares that all operators of telecommunications services in the Kingdom should link any recharging or credit transfer transactions with an ID of the subscriber’s ID umber (National ID or Iqama).
The campaign was aimed at minimizing selling prepaid packages from unauthorized stores without any identification number, by encouraging the subscribers to update their account data before the due date.


China's aviation regulator raised concerns with Boeing on 737 MAX design changes

Updated 12 December 2019

China's aviation regulator raised concerns with Boeing on 737 MAX design changes

  • China is reviewing the airworthiness of the plane
  • China was first country to ground plane in March

BEIJING: China’s aviation regulator raised “important concerns” with Boeing Co. on the reliability and security of design changes to the grounded 737 MAX, it said on Thursday, but declined to comment on when the plane might fly again in China.
China is reviewing the airworthiness of the plane based on proposed changes to software and flight control systems according to a bilateral agreement with the United States, Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) spokesman Liu Luxu told reporters at a monthly briefing.
He reiterated that for the plane to resume flights in China, it needed to be re-certified, pilots needed comprehensive and effective training to restore confidence in the model and the causes of two crashes that killed 346 people needed to be investigated with effective measures put in place to prevent another one.
China was the first country to ground the 737 MAX after the second crash in Ethiopia in March and had set up a task force to review design changes to the aircraft that Boeing had submitted.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will not allow the 737 MAX to resume flying before the end of 2019, its chief, Steve Dickson, said on Wednesday.
Once the FAA approves the reintroduction into service, the 737 MAX can operate in the United States, but individual regulators could keep the planes grounded in other countries until they complete their own reviews.
“Due to the trade war, the jury is still out on when China would reintroduce the aircraft,” said Rob Morris, Global Head of Consultancy at Ascend by Cirium.
Chinese airlines had 97 737 MAX jets in operation before the global grounding, the most of any country, according to Cirium Fleets Analyzer.