Stolen Mobile Phone Market Collapses with PTA’s Mobile Blocking System

All phones reported to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) have been effectively blocked on mobile networks in Pakistan. As a part of the DIRBS project, PTA along with the industry and mobile network operators have blocked all phones that were reported to the regulator. PTA’s Mobile Blocking System has achieved a major milestone as the use of such phones were the main source of illegal activities and crimes in the country.

PTA’s Mobile Blocking System Leads to Downfall of stolen mobile market

Up till now stolen mobiles and illegal import of mobile handsets and smartphones remained a challenge for the PTA, law enforcement and customs authorities. To overcome the problem Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had launched a system called ‘Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS). The system is designed to detect and block stolen and non-type approved mobile phones working on mobile networks. The system also resulted in the elimination of smuggled mobiles and other SIM-based devices.

Zero Tolerance: A major milestone Achieved

Sources within PTA and CPLCs (Citizen Police Liaison Committees) have estimated that 1.25 million handsets have been reported stolen until last year. However, PTA was successful in blocking all stolen devices with the help of the mobile network operators earlier this month which is a major milestone for the Industry in general and the regulatory body in particular.

With the eradication of stolen and reduction of illegal imports of smartphones, the mobile network operators and other businesses have also witnessed better opportunities hence have offered better packages to their customers such as the sale of top-end smartphones on easy instalments, better after-sales service for mobile phones etc.

Criminal Activities Reduces in Pakistan After Successful Implementation of DIRBS 

After the successful implementation of DIRBS, overall security situation of Pakistan is improved. Due to the blocking of substandard and stolen/snatched phones has also reduced the incentive for the people involved in criminal practices thereby lowering mobile snatching incidents. Now every mobile phone has a valid and unique IMEI, it is easy to trace them if involved in any criminal activity.

Stolen Phones and other Grey products are a menace to the economy of a country because of huge revenue loss to the government in the form of tax loss. The loss is not only monetary, but it also costs the reputation and the image that is definitely graver than the monetary gains and losses. Putting an end to illegal products will face-lift the goodwill and image of the country. Mobile brands will then be more willing to invest in Pakistan, consequently creating more job opportunities for the citizens.

Also Read: PTA Extends DIRBS Deadline for Blocking Unregistered Phones

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Fizza Atique

Fizza Atique is a Tech writer specializing in the intersection of tech and culture. She likes photography, VR, electronic music, coffee, and baking.

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