The Indian government has announced a bold move to curb the misuse of lost and stolen phones in the county. The government has announced that manufacturers are required to register the IMEI numbers of all mobile phones before sale in India on its counterfeit and lost handset blocking portal with effect from January 1, 2023.
Government issued this new rule
Notification from the Department The Department of Telecommunications has stated that- “International mobile equipment identification number of every mobile phone manufactured in India with the Indian Counterfeit Device Ban Portal of Government of India in the Department of Telecommunications prior to the first sale of the manufacturer’s mobile phone.” ),” the notification has been issued under the Prevention of Tampering of Mobile Device Equipment Identification Numbers (Amendment) Rules, 2022.
Counterfeit and stolen wear will be curbed
For them every mobile phone comes with a unique 15-digit IMEI number which acts as the unique ID of the device. There are concerns over the inability to track a lost mobile phone due to the presence of counterfeit devices with the same IMEI on telecom networks. The government has launched the Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR) project to block and trace lost or stolen mobile phones and added the Indian Counterfeit Device Ban (ICDR) system to curb the spread of such handsets.
Mobile has to be registered on ICDR system
At present, only the facility to block stolen or lost mobile is available on the portal. The CEIR project is working to address the issue of lost mobile phones by also addressing the issue of counterfeit devices. With the new notification, the IMEI number of the imported mobile would need to be registered on the ICDR system, and it would be mandatory to obtain the IMEI certificate for the import of the mobile through various customs ports.
What is ICDR system
ICDR system is operational from January 28, 2020. It can be accessed through a web portal for registration and generation of IMEI certificates without any charges. The new system has replaced the old IMEI cloning and duplication restriction system, which was operated and maintained by the Mobile Standards Alliance of India (MSAI) – a private body. MSAI is no longer authorized to register, manufacture or issue IMEI certificates and the government directly operates the system.