Finally a dedicated system has been developed and made official in Pakistan to identify sub-standard, fake and illegally imported mobile phones in the country. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) launched the said system namely Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) on Thursday at PTA Headquarters Islamabad in line with the Telecom Policy 2015.
Chairman PTA Mohammad Naveed was the chief guest on the occasion while Abdul Samad, Member Compliance and Enforcement PTA, Executive Director, 3G Technologies, IT and telecom industry experts, CEOs of telecom companies and media community attended the event. Member Compliance & Enforcement gave a presentation on DIRBS during the event.
Chairman PTA said about the newly launched DIRBS:
The Authority is aware of telecom consumers’ needs and is taking a number of steps to facilitate them in resolving their issues. The launch of this new service is yet another evidence of PTA’s sincerity towards its vision of protection of telecom consumers and their rights. This system will be implemented to automatically identify sub-standard, fake and illegally imported mobile phones, and block non-compliant devices on mobile phone networks. This unique system will curb illegal imports, facilitate legitimate device importers, and mobile device users, and improve the overall security situation.
Abdul Samad, Member Compliance and Enforcement PTA, said:
With the launch of the first phase of the DIRBS, theft and smuggling of cell phones will be eliminated and service quality will improve. Moreover, the government revenue will also be increased in the process. In the first phase, stolen and lost devices will be blocked, while in the second phase devices that are in people’s use will be inspected. Subscribers will also be able to inquire about the status of their devices.
How DIRBS Works?
The new system uses the distinct IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number of each device along with other parameters to help in identifying, monitoring and regulating such devices. The IMEI of illegal or smuggled devices will be reported to the cellular companies and other concerned bodies and will be blocked later by PTA.
The PTA will operate the DIRBS as a ‘Centralized Equipment Identity Register’ to discourage the use of mobile devices that are smuggled or illegally imported. This system will generate different lists; categorizing the legal status and authenticity of all handsets. Each distinct IMEI will be paired with a specific Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) belonging to its registered user, who must be officially connected through a particular cellular network.
It is pertinent to mention here that, through Device Verification System (DVS) telecom consumers can verify the authenticity of their mobile devices in line with PTA regulations via SMS to 8484 and to check the status of IMEI log on dirbs.pta.gov.pk or download DIRBS android mobile app from Google Play and Apple app stores.
For more details about the DIRBS, Click Here.