The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Saturday initiated the Device Identification Registration & Blocking System (DIRBS) system to combat use of “counterfeit mobile phone usage, discourage mobile phones theft and protect consumer interest”.
“DIRBS is a forward working solution and is designed to cater for no service interruption for all Pakistani cellular mobile service users. All mobile devices, including non-compliant that are active on cellular mobile networks within Pakistan till 1st December, 2018 will remain operational and not be blocked/interrupted from mobile services,” the authority said in a press release.
“To facilitate any user currently using non-compliant mobile devices (15 digit IMEI of mobile device is not as per international standards), PTA shall auto-pair all such IMEIs with their mobile numbers and they will remain operational without any service interruption. After DIRBS implementation on 1st of December, 2018, any new mobile device programmed with a non-standard IMEI number will be considered as non-compliant device and shall not be allowed any mobile connectivity/service in Pakistani territory as per PTA/DIRBS regulations,” the statement added.
The authority also detailed methods for obtaining the IMEI of a mobile device.
- Dial *#06# from the dial pad of device and note down each 15-digit IMEI
- IMEI is also printed on the device box.
- IMEI is printed on the inside of a device and can be viewed by removing the back cover/ battery.
Once the IMEI number has been obtained, the following three responses will be sent by DIRBS.
- Compliant/PTA Approved Device: The mobile device is PTA approved and legally imported into Pakistan
- Device IMEI is Valid: The IMEI of this mobile device is valid as it is GSMA approved, but it is not PTA approved. To facilitate such users, PTA will auto register all such IMEIs which are observed on Network till 1st December, 2018, their status will be converted to compliant. A user in possession of such devices are advised to insert their local SIM card and do a voice or data activity so such Valid IMEI are observed on Pakistani mobile networks and subsequently listed within DIRBS system so user may continue to avail uninterrupted mobile services on such device(s).
- Non-compliant Devices: This is not a PTA approved mobile device as IMEI on the device is either non-standard, duplicated etc. To ensure users of all such devices do not face any connectivity/service issues PTA will auto pair all such IMEIs, which are observed on mobile network till 1st December, 2018, with their mobile number so device shall remain operational till the useful life of device. A user in possession of such devices are advised to insert their local SIM card and do a voice or data activity so such non-compliant IMEI are observed on Pakistani mobile networks and subsequently listed within DIRBS system so user may continue to avail uninterrupted mobile services on such device(s).
- Blocked devices: The IMEI is reported as stolen and not allowed for usage/services