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In line with the Telecom Policy 2015, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) launched Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) on the 10th of May, 2018. The deadline for Phase I of DIRBS was 29th June 2018. It included mapping and identification of IMEIs, and blocking of stolen/lost devices.
Keeping in view the requests of various stake holders, and in the interest of ensuring smooth implementation, the deadline for Phase I has been extended from 29th June to 30th August 2018. Phase II shall start from 31st August, 2018. No further extension will be granted thereof. In Phase II, full blocking shall be implemented for all non-compliant devices that are not PTA type approved.
It is pertinent to mention here that this system has been developed to identify sub-standard, fake, and illegally imported mobile phones, register and block non-compliant devices on mobile phone networks. This unique system will curb illegal imports, and facilitate legitimate device importers, and mobile device users. In short, DIRBS and its successful implementation will benefit the entire mobile ecosystem of Pakistan.