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Unregistered mobiles to remain active after January 15 due to DIRBS technical issues


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at
PTA is working to fix the issues in Device Identification Registration & Blocking System. The system will then be available to block unregistered mobile phones, source from telecom sector unveiled on Sunday. Source   unable to confirm the time frame. PTA on January 3, stated on its portal to read “As per directives issued by Federal Government regarding extension in timeline for registration of mobile devices under Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s Device Identification Registration & Blocking System (DIRBS), all mobile devices which are already activated on cellular mobile networks within Pakistan by 15th January, 2019 shall remain operational without service disruption. Even non-compliant devices in operation prior to this date will be tied to these numbers and will remain operational till the useful life of the device”.

PTA developed has established Device Identification Registration & Blocking System (DIRBS), in line with Telecom policy 2015, issued by Ministry of Information Technology & Telecom, section 9.6 with the aim to curtail the counterfeit mobile phone usage, discourage mobile phones theft and protect consumer interest.

PTA has urged Pakistani mobile device users requiring to know status of a device can send each 15-digit IMEI number via SMS to 8484.

It is to be noted that Pakistan scores largest number of mobile users in South East Asia. More then 153 million people use mobile phones with tendency of 73.38 percent.


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