In line with the Telecom Policy 2015, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) launched Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) on May 10.
The DIRBS deadline for Phase-I was June 29. It included mapping and identification of IMEIs, and blocking of stolen/lost devices, said a press release issued here on Friday.
DIRBS Deadline for Blocking Unregistered Phones Extended
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 would start from 31st August, 2018. No further extension will be granted thereof.
In Phase II, full blocking would be implemented for all non-compliant devices that are not PTA type approved.
It is pertinent to mention here that this system had 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.