Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has started to block 2.8 million unregistered mobile phones across Pakistan, according to ProPakistani.
According to PTA’s records, there are around 2.8 million phones that have been smuggled into the country or came through other illegal means which will be blocked in different phases.
The first phase of the process started in April and it will keep on targeting the mobile phones which are not registered with DIRBS (Device Identification Registration and Blocking System) and were smuggled into the country after 15th January 2019 and were not registered within the provided timeline.
This move is part of the PTA’s recent drive which started with the launch of DIRBS which was formed to block all unregistered mobile phones in Pakistan that do not come with a valid IMEI or are brought into the country through illegal channels.
The people traveling to Pakistan are also allowed to carry only one smartphone into the country and will have to pay taxes on the rest of the devices.
Mobile phone smuggling has flooded the market with untraceable phones while causing millions of loss to national exchequer due to non-collection of taxes. To curb this menace, the government has made that registration of a new mobile device mandatory and will block the rest, making them useless.