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DoT , GSMA to discuss mobile phone cloning issue on Apr 17

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The will next week discuss the issue with global industry body Association, an said today.

"A meeting with GSMA is scheduled for April 17 to discuss various issues. The DoT will take up issues with them," an source, who did not wished to be named, told

The meeting will be a follow-up to the issues raised by during his visit to Mobile at Barcelona, Spain, in February.

He had raised challenges posed by of unique identity number of mobile handsets, IMEI as well as SIMs.

IMEI number - a unique 15-digit serial number of - is allocated by global industry body GSMA and organisations authorised by it. When a is lost, the victim is required to mention the IMEI number of the handset for tracking.

The DoT will also discuss SIM cloning issues with GSMA "but it is not the only body that can help in resolving fake SIMs. The issue of fake SIMs will be taken up with other bodies separately", the source said.

The government through C-DoT is developing a system, Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR), which will block all services on stolen or lost on any network even if the SIM card is removed or IMEI number of the handset is changed.

CEIR is also expected to protect consumer interest and facilitate for

The government has proposed to allocate Rs 15 crore for setting up CEIR which will bring down the number of counterfeit handsets and discourage theft, according to the Union Budget 2018-19.

"The DoT will seek help of GSMA help in implementation CEIR," the source said.

CEIR will connect the IMEI database of all mobile operators. It will act as a central system for all network operators to share blacklisted mobile terminals so that devices placed under the said category in one network will not work on the other, even if the SIM card in the device is changed, it said.

DoT and GSMA will also discuss the roadmap for capacity building, knowledge and global best practices sharing program.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 12:10 IST