The deadline for registering mobile devices under Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s (PTA) Device Identification Registration & Blocking System (DIRBS) is going to expire by midnight (today).
According to the documents, mobile devices that are not activated by January 15, 2019 can still be regularized on payment of leviable duty/taxes along with payment of the equivalent to 10 percent of the amount of duty/taxes involved thereon on furnishing of a Certificate of Compliance issued by PTA.
The deadline had previously been extended by around five times in the past. PTA is in the process to establish an online portal system which would be ready for soft testing by January 25, 2019.
Sources said that another extension cannot be ruled out while keeping in view the hardships being faced by international passengers at airports for registration their mobile phones devices.
Last week PTA extended the deadline while saying that as per directives issued by Federal Government regarding extension in timeline for registration of mobile devices under Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s Device Identification Registration Blocking System (DIRBS), all mobile devices which are already activated on cellular mobile networks within Pakistan by 15th January, 2019 shall remain operational without service disruption.
Even non-compliant devices in operation prior to this date were to be tied to these numbers and remain operational till the useful life of the device.
PTA developed Device Identification Registration & Blocking System (DIRBS), in line with Telecom policy 2015, issued by Ministry of Information Technology & Telecom, section 9.6 with the aim to curtail the counterfeit mobile phone usage, discourage mobile phones theft and protect consumer interest.
All Pakistani mobile device users wishing to know the status of a device can send each 15 digit IMEI number via SMS to 8484. The status of the mobile device can also be checked via PTA website link dirbs.pta.gov.pk or by downloading DIRBS android mobile application.