The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has extended the deadline to block illegal mobile devices that have a non-standard International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) till January 15.
To register cellular device, users have to send IMEI number via SMS to 8484. IMEI number can be checked by dialing *#06#. In response, PTA will send a reply confirming whether phone is compliant or not. According to statistics released by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the number of mobile phone users in the country reached 151 million by July 2018. The number of mobile broadband subscribers was around 60 million during the same period.
PTA’s Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) is an indigenous solution aimed to combat the use of smuggled or counterfeit sets which either serve to reduce tax revenues for the state or pose health problems to unsuspecting consumers.
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24 August, 2019