To combat thefts, India plans to create a unified database of IMEIs


combat theftsConsidered a pest around the world, the theft of smartphones fuels a market that is constantly growing and increasingly requires companies and operators to create mechanisms to dissimulate the acquisition of illegally obtained devices.

As already available in Brazil ( which until 2017 already recorded more than 8.3m of blocked devices ), India is preparing to create a centralized database to register and block all IMEIs from stolen devices, making it impossible to use with operator chips available within the country.

Called CEIR (Central Equipment Identity Register), the system should be activated in the coming weeks and will allow consumers to inform the Department of Telecommunications of the country (responsible for the database) the data needed to include the device in the blacklist of devices.

Another aspect that could be influenced by the arrival of CEIR is the “legal interception based on IMEI”, thus allowing the government to compare IMEI numbers with the base of the GSMA (GSM Association), in order to identify counterfeit cell phones.

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What was not clear, however, is whether this identification could mean at some point in the future the blockade of devices considered “pirates” in the country, something similar to what Anatel has been doing here in recent months on the grounds of avoiding harmful devices to the network connected to it, something that at least initially seems very likely.



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