PTA to block illegal, smuggled mobile phones after October 20

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ISLAMABAD, Oct 14 (APP):Pakistan Telecommunication Authority
(PTA) has started sending Short Messaging Service (SMS)
to all mobile subscribers to create public awareness about Device
Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) which has
been introduced to curb illegal imports.
Any mobile device reflecting non-compliant status after
October 20, 2018 will be blocked as per PTA/DIRBS regulations.
The System facilitate legitimate device importers and mobile
device users, and improve overall security situation.
As per information issued here, telecom consumers can verify
status of mobile device’s International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI)
by sending IMEI number via SMS to 8484 or on website: www.dirbs.pta.gov.pk
or by downloading DIRBS Android mobile application from Google Play Store.
The final phase of DIRBS shall begin on October 20, 2018.
There are 4 categories of responses that can be received by a
subscriber inquiring about status of its IMEI as explained below:
A Compliant Devices are PTA type approved and legally imported in
Pakistan, Valid Devices are such devices where the IMEI of mobile
device is valid (GSMA approved), however, it is not PTA
compliant/approved.
In order to facilitate such users, PTA will auto register
all such IMEIs which are observed on mobile network before
October 20 and their status will be compliant after-this-date.
For auto registration, users are advised to do any
revenue generating activity i.e. make any call, send a SMS or
use mobile internet before October 20.
Non-Compliant devices are such devices where IMEI is either
not allocated by GSMA or it is duplicated. To facilitate such
users, PTA will auto pair all such IMEIs which are observed on
mobile network with specific SIMs before October 20.
After this date, those users will be able to use these
IMEIs with paired-SIMs-only. In order to auto pair all the IMEIs
related to this mobile device, users are advised to do any
revenue generating activity from their SIM(s), i.e. make any
call, send a SMS or use mobile internet from their SIM(s) before
October 20.
The blocked devices indicates that your IMEI is blocked as
this IMEI has been reported stolen earlier.
It is reiterated that mobile device users should verify
their IMEI by sending SMS to 8484 before buying/obtaining any
handset. It is advised to buy only PTA compliant/approved mobile
devices.
Meanwhile, a senior PTA official said illegal and
unregistered mobile handsets are a threat to public security
as terrorists and criminals cannot be traced using mobile
phones for any dangerous activity throughout the country.
In most of the cases, it has been observed that
mobile handsets, usually without any identity, are used in
criminal activities. These handsets are either brought from
other countries, local market, or these were snatched or
stolen from the public.
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has implemented a
system called as DIRBS which will simply make a non-compliant
handset useless. It means handsets will not work on local networks.
A handset or any SIM-run devise is now required to be registered
with PTA’s system. An IMEI number of a phone is 15 digit code, which
should be available in PTA’s database or later a user could
register his phone with PTA system.
After the first deadline, PTA will send messages to all unregistered
handsets and ask them to get registered with DIRBS.
This is a phase-wise process that will take a few months
to be completed. The telecom authority will carry out awareness
campaigns in different cities to educate the public.