In a move aimed at curbing the proliferation of unregistered mobile phones and enhancing revenue collection, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has made a significant announcement. The much-debated Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) is set to be launched in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) next month. The impending implementation of DIRBS comes as a decisive step to regulate the influx of non-registered phones into the region and streamline the taxation process for mobile devices.
According to estimates, there are approximately 1 million unregistered phones in GB and AJK. This staggering number highlights the urgency of implementing DIRBS in these regions. Unregistered phones not only evade taxation but also pose a risk to national security by being untraceable, making them potential tools for illegal activities.
With the announcement of DIRBS coming to GB and AJK, it’s important for residents to be prepared for the upcoming changes. After 1st September, non-registered phones will need to be registered with PTA to ensure compliance with the law. Residents are advised to stay informed about the registration process, requirements, and any associated fees to avoid any inconvenience.
What is DIRBS?
The Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) is a technology-based initiative that has been implemented in various parts of Pakistan over the past few years. It has proved to be a game-changer in ensuring transparency and compliance within the mobile device ecosystem. The core principle of DIRBS revolves around the registration and authentication of mobile devices, which is vital for both national security and revenue generation.