IMEI code registration to be launched in mid 2012

ICT Materials 31 January 2012 17:22 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.31 / Trend G.Veliyev /

The Azerbaijani Communications and IT Ministry has advanced technical requirements and terms on the issue of preparing the infrastructure for using IMEI mobile phone code registration for mobile phone operators, Rcom CEO Seymur Mammadov told Trend on Monday.

Mr Mammadov said operators will be ready to launch the registration system in their networks over the next four months, and the system will be commissioned by mid-2012.

The project is being coordinated by the ministry. The Cabinet of Ministers approved "Rules of registration of mobile devices" in late December.

The order envisages mobile phone and end equipment registration for mobile operators in the common-user network.

The new system will more effectively combat both the theft and the illegal import of phones into the country.

According to the rules approved by the cabinet, devices imported for private use should be registered in the IMEI code database within 30 days. Information on registered devices presented by operators will included on a "white list". After the system's launch, all the devices imported into the country should be registered in accordance with regulations.

The system will consist of three categories where user devices will be included -- the "white list", "black list" and "grey list".

The "white list" will include identification numbers of devices that underwent official registration in the GSM database. The "black list" will include devices that were not registered according to the established rules, or illegally imported and not registered in the database. The number of these devices allowed to operate in mobile phone networks will be limited. The "grey list" will include the ID numbers of subscriber devices that are not on the white or black lists, but which work in the mobile network. These devices will be included either on the white or black list after studying the legality of their use.