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23 January, 2019 11:36:36 AM
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IMEI database launched to check illegal mobile imports

Independent Online Desk
IMEI database launched to check illegal mobile
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The telecom regulator today launched the first-ever database of International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers of mobile handsets aiming to curb illegal import, sell of fake handsets as well as telephony based crimes.

Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar inaugurated the database established with support from Bangladesh Mobile Phone Importers Association (BMPIA), at the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) office.

With the database in place, a customer will have the chance to find out whether a handset is real or fake by cross-matching it with the IMEI database.

The IMEI is a 15-digit unique identification or serial number that all mobile phones have. Customers intending to purchase a device can know the 15-digit IMEI by dialing *#06# from the handset. The legality can then be checked by sending an SMS with the IMEI to 16002.

Terming the introduction of IMEI database as milestone, Mustafa Jabbar said without technology, it is impossible to tackle fraudulence of handsets.

“Now, we could generate more revenue which is being lost due to illegal import of handsets,” he added.

BTRC Chairman Md Jahurul Haque said in future it would be possible to deactivate any lost and pickpocketed handsets. BMPIA President Ruhul Al Mahbub said the system would ease the business of the people who are doing business with honesty.

Meanwhile, BTRC has already incorporated the IMEI numbers of handsets imported in 2018 in the database getting information from the importers. The new handsets’ IMEI number would be gradually incorporated in the database. In addition, the database would also help to offer automated import and relevant services.

The database will enable the government to know the types of handsets being used in the country and how many are 4G and 3G-enabled and basic phones. The database would also give the government the capacity to switch off handsets.

Besides, the database system would also play key role in developing National Equipment Identity Register (NEIR) plans by the government through inputting individual IMEI numbers with their associated SIM and national identity card numbers.

About 3.35 crore handsets were legally imported in 2018 while one crore entered through different sources, including illegal imports.
BTRC officials and representatives of mobile network operators and BMPIA.

BTRC officials and representatives of mobile network operators and BMPIA were present on the occasion. BSS

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