PTA Officially Launches DIRB System to Block Unregistered & Smuggled Phones

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Thursday launched Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) to automatically identify sub-standard, fake, and illegally imported mobile phones; register and block non-compliant devices on mobile phone networks.

In line with the Telecom Policy 2015, PTA launched DIRBS in collaboration with 3G Technologies at PTA Headquarters Islamabad.

Chairman PTA Mohammad Naveed was the chief guest while Abdul Samad, Member Compliance and Enforcement PTA, Executive Director, 3G Technologies,  IT and telecom industry experts, CEOs of telecom companies, and media community attended the event. Member Compliance & Enforcement gave a presentation on DIRBS during the event.


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Chairman PTA said that the Authority is cognizant of telecom consumers’ needs and is taking a number of steps to facilitate them in resolving their issues. The launch of this new service is yet another evidence of PTA’s sincerity towards its vision of protection of telecom consumers and their rights.

He said that this system will be implemented to automatically identify sub-standard, fake, and illegally imported mobile phones, and block non-compliant devices on mobile phone networks. This unique system will curb illegal imports, facilitate legitimate device importers, and mobile device users, and improve the overall security situation.

The Chairman said that PTA has always been engaged in facilitating telecom consumers with best telecom services along with due protection of their rights.

Chairman further added that the statistics of telecom growth in Pakistan are evident of the satisfaction level of telecom consumers with the quality of telecom services provided to them. He said that today the mobile operators have increased this coverage to over 65% of the population.


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Broadband subscribers that stood at 1.3 million till 2014 with limited speed offerings have now crossed a milestone of 50 million (2018) with mobile broadband speed crossing 20 Mbs (download) and fixed broadband speed crossing 100 Mbps (download).

It is pertinent to mention here that, through Device Verification System (DVS) telecom 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.