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PTA To officially Launch DIRBS to block stolen and smuggled Mobile Phones in Pakistan

PTA to officially Launch DIRBS to Block Stolen and Smuggled Mobile Phones in Pakistan


Sumera Saeed | May 9, 2018 | category: Mobile Phones

PTA To officially Launch DIRBS to block stolen and smuggled Mobile Phones in Pakistan. We reported you last year that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has taken a step forward and would launch a new system called Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) in order to permanently block the snatched and smuggled mobile phones in the country.

Now the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has taken a step forward and to officially launched the Mobile Devices Identification, Registration and Blocking Regulation System (DIRBS) in Pakistan on Thursday, in order to block stolen, smuggled and duplicate identifiers mobile phones in Pakistan.

PTA will launch the DIRBS in the country on Thursday by utilizing the different IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number of each mobile phone. The other parameters to monitor, identify and regulating the smuggled and stolen devices.

Mobile Devices Identification, Registration and Blocking Regulation System (DIRBS) will help to identify the IMEI of illegal devices and it will be report to the Telecom companies in the country other concerned bodies will block them.

Now You Can Get Back Snatched or Stolen Mobile Phones

How will DIRBS work?

Once the DIRBS system gets activated by PTA it will be  capable of detecting the non-compliant mobile phones’ IMEI numbers of the handset will be used, while other mobile identifying tools will also be applied. Once non-compliant mobile phones are found and detected by cellular operators, they will be black-listed and won’t work with any mobile network in Pakistan. These snatched and smuggled mobile phones will be blocked after detection permanently.

It is worth mentioning here that this PTA step will increase the revenue and benefit of the telecom network. The Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) is a good initiative and will be very useful for the public which is facing lots of problems owing to the unavailability of a competent system to stop criminal activities involving mobile phones snatching.

This type of system is already being implemented in many other countries of the world, and have shown proven results.

Update:

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has today officially launched the DIRBS in the country. Now the consumers can verify the authenticity of their mobile devices in line with PTA regulations via SMS to 8484 and to check the status of IMEI log on dirbs.pta.gov.pk or download DIRBS android mobile app from Google Play and Apple app stores.

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Pakistan Wants Facebook to Link Accounts with Mobile Numbers to Deal Fake Accounts


Sumera Saeed | July 11, 2017 | category: Mobile Phones

Pakistan has recommended the Facebook authorities to link the accounts with the mobile numbers in order to deal with the fake accounts that are active of Facebook and involved in creating chaos in the country.

Currently users can open the Facebook account using an e-mail, but the mobile numbers are verified via biometric verification system in Pakistan and will provide ease in tackling the fake accounts issue.

Secretary IT Rizwan Bashir said while briefing the National Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication that the fake accounts issue can be dealt easily if Facebook links all existing and current accounts are verified with phone numbers.

The meeting of National Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication was chaired by the Captain (Retd) Muhammad Safdar in the chair here on Tuesday.

On the other hand Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Syed Ismail Shah briefed the committee that they have blocked 12,977 URL accounts containing blasphemous content.

He further told that Facebook has selected the important person in order to communicate  with the PTA for taking action against blasphemous material on social media website.

Facebook was also asked to help out Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) in Pakistan by giving them with the obligatory data that they asked for.

In a response Facebook said that they have tackle the issue nearly 70 percent of 1,000 requests   received from Pakistan in 2016. Facebook further added that they will continue to support such requests.

Uber and Careem are Banned in Punjab and Sindh

Uber and Careem are Banned in Punjab and Sindh


Sumera Saeed | January 31, 2017 | category: Autos and Vehicles

Uber and Careem Are Banned in Punjab and Sindh

The taxi-haling companies Uber and Careem  re now banned by the government of Punjab. The Punjab Government’s Provincial Transport Authority has declared that the taxi haling service providers including Uber, Careem and A-One taxi illegal and stated that a severe action should be taken against them.

In order to ban the taxi service providers in Punjab a notification by Punjab Transport Authority has already been sent to Lahore’s chief Traffic Officer. As per notification the car hailing companies are using the using private cars for services that is illegal and provincial government is facing huge financial damages due to these companies.

The notification further stated that the private cars are being used as a taxi shorn of the mandatory car-fitness certificate and route license.

On the other hand it is not confirmed yet the ban is limited to Lahore or other cities of Punjab are also part of this order.

After Punjab Government, the Sindh government has decided to take legal action against the services of mobile-applications of  taxi service providers Careem, Uber and A-One.

The Sindh government also has declared that  these private taxi haling companies are using the private cars as taxies without mandatory legal permits and their move is illegal. They have asked Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block the mobile application of these taxi haling companies.

They wrote five letters to Careem management as a warning but received no reply, said Transport Secretary Taha Farooqui. The Sindh government also said that the Uber to bring its mobile application within ‘official compliance’.

The Transport Secretary also said that the cars used by the taxi hailing companies would need to be made commercial in order to be used as taxis and the owners of the cars required obtaining fitness certificates and route permits.

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PTA Gives Approval To Xiaomi To Sell Smartphones in Pakistan


Sumera Saeed | November 29, 2016 | category: Mobile Phones

PTA Gives Approval To Xiaomi To Sell Smartphones in Pakistan

The Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi has finally gets the approval from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to sell the smartphones in Pakistan. According to PTA Spokesperson said that Xiaomi will sell three smartphones in the country including Mi Max, MI 4 and MI 5 handsets.

PTA has issued the NOC to the Chinese’s Company Xiaomi to sell the smartphones in Pakistan, after the local online retailer like Daraz, Cheezmall and Haier.

Xiaomi has fulfilled all the requirements that are set by the government and has also passed the NTISB security test.

The reports also suggested that Xiaomi will also offer the full range of its Eco products that include Power banks, MI VR and MI band 2 in Pakistan.

Xiaomi MI 4 smartphone:

PTA Gives Approval to Xiaomi To Sell Smartphones in Pakistan

Xiaomi Mi Max smartphone:

PTA Gives Approval to Xiaomi To Sell Smartphones in PakistanXiaomi MI 5 smartphone:

PTA Gives Approval to Xiaomi To Sell Smartphones in Pakistan



Mobile Phone Services to Remain Suspended On Independence Day of Pakistan


Sumera Saeed | August 13, 2016 | category: Mobile Phones

Mobile Phone Services to Remain Suspended On Independence Day of Pakistan

Interior Ministry of Pakistan has decided to suspend the Mobile phone services in Islamabad and Rawalpindi on Independence Day. In this regard the Ministry of Interior has sent a letter to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). The cellular service will remain suspended on 14th August, 2016 in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, in order to avoid any troublesome incident.

The Mobile phone service will remain close from 6:00 am to 12:00Pm on Independence Day of Pakistan.