PTA Launches DIRBS System to Curb Import & Use of Illegal Devices

PTA Launches DIRBS System to Curb Import & Use of Illegal Devices

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) formally launched Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) in collaboration with Central Asian Cellular Forum and the mobile industry at PTA Headquarters Islamabad. PTA Launches DIRBS System to Curb Import & Use of Illegal Devices

Chairman PTA Mr. Muhammad Naveed was the chief guest whereas Mr. Abdul Samad, Member Compliance and Enforcement PTA, gave a very detailed presentation on the benefits and working of the new system launched by PTA to curb the import and use of illegal devices in the country. The ceremony was also attended by prominent IT and telecom industry experts, CEO of telecom companies, and media community. Member compliance and Enforcement answer questions from the media on the new system DIRBS during the event.

PTA Launches DIRBS System to Curb Import & Use of Illegal Devices

PTA chairman said the Authority is cognizant of telecom consumer’s needs and is taking number of steps to facilitate them in resolving their issues.

The Chairman said:

PTA has always been engagedd in facilitating telecom consumers with best telecom services along with due protection of their rights.

The Chairman further added that:

The statistics of telecom growth in Pakistan aree evident of the satisfaction level of telecom consumers with the quality of telecom services provided to them. Today the mobile operators have increased this coverage to over 65% of the population. Broadband subscribers that stood on 1.3 million till 2014 with limited speed offering today has crossed a millstone of 50 million (2018) with mobile broadband speed crossing 20 Mbps (Download) and fixed broadband speed crossing 100 Mbps (Download).

Mr Samad Khan, Member Compliance said:

The launch of this new service is yet another evidence of PTA’s sincerity towards its vision of protection of telecom consumers and their rights. This system will be implemented to automatically identify sub standard, fake and illegal imported mobile phones, register and block non-complaint devices on mobile phone networks. This unique system will curb illegal imports , facilitate legitimate device importers, and mobile device users, and improve overall security situation.

It is pertinent to mention that , through Device verification System (DVS) telecom consumers can verify authenticity of their mobile devices in line with PTA regulations via SMS  to 8484 and to check the status of IMEI log on www.dirbs.pta.gov.pk or download DIRBS android mobile app from google play store.

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