Authorities Mandates Registration of IMEI Variety of All Cell Telephones Earlier than Sale in India Beginning 2023


The federal government has made the registration of IMEI variety of all cellphones necessary earlier than their sale in India on its anti-counterfeit and misplaced handset blocking portal from January 1, 2023.

In line with a notification dated September 26, all cellphones, whether or not made domestically or imported, will must be registered and get IMEI (Worldwide cell tools identification quantity) certificates from the Indian Counterfeited Machine Restriction portal that’s run by the Division of Telecommunications.

“The producer shall register the worldwide cell tools identification variety of each cell phone manufactured in India with the Indian Counterfeited Machine Restriction portal of the federal government of India within the Division of Telecommunications previous to the primary sale of the cell phone,” the notification mentioned.

The notification has been issued beneath the Prevention of Tampering of the Cell Machine Gear Identification Quantity (Modification) Guidelines, 2022.

Each cell phone comes with a novel 15-digit IMEI quantity which serves as distinctive ID of the gadget.

There have been issues over incapability to trace misplaced cellphones because of the presence of counterfeit gadgets with the identical IMEI on telecom community.

The federal government has launched the Central Gear Id Register (CEIR) venture to dam and hint misplaced or stolen cellphones and added Indian Counterfeited Machine Restriction (ICDR) system to curb proliferation of such handsets .

At current solely blocking services of stolen or misplaced mobiles can be found on the portal.

The CEIR venture is working to resolve the problem of misplaced cellphones by addressing the problem of counterfeit gadgets as properly.

With the recent notification, IMEI variety of even imported gadgets will must be registered on ICDR system, and acquiring IMEI certificates will likely be necessary for the import of cell gadgets by way of numerous customs ports.

“The worldwide cell tools identification variety of the cell phone imported in India on the market, testing, analysis or another objective shall be registered by the importer with the Indian Counterfeited Machine Restriction portal of the federal government of India within the Division of Telecommunications previous to import of cell phone into the nation,” the notification mentioned.

The ICDR system has been operational since January 28, 2020. It may be accessed by way of an online portal for registration and technology of IMEI certificates with out paying any expenses.

The brand new system has changed the previous IMEI cloning and duplication restriction system, which was operated and maintained by the Cell Normal Alliance of India (MSAI) — a non-public physique.

MSAI is not authorised for registration, technology or problem of IMEI certificates and the federal government straight operates the system.

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