Ravi Shankar Prasad launches web portal for tracing stolen mobiles in Delhi

The government has decided to give 5G Spectrum for the trial to all operators in the country, he said, adding "This may take few years to launch it fully all over the country."

Ravi Shankar Prasad launches web portal for tracing stolen mobiles in Delhi
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New Delhi: Union Minister for Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday (December 30) launched a Web Portal called ‘Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR)’ for customers to facilitate blocking and tracing of stolen/lost mobile phones in Delhi. 

Prasad said that the Mobile Security should be our National Priority because the mobile handset became an important tool for all online activities while addressing the gathering, after launching the web portal.

The government has decided to give 5G Spectrum for the trial to all operators in the country, he said, adding "This may take few years to launch it fully all over the country."

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"UPI Payments interface has become primary means for all online money transactions in the country and we need to make it a Global beacon for making Indian rupee much stronger," the Minister said while adding that "this is the age of communication and communication is power, and this is the age of technology and the technology is power."

He further said that while we exploit use and make optimum involvement of technology for development the equally smart criminals induce technology for their own end, adding "we need a technology that safeguards our interests."

Prasad said that Aadhar is a digital identity to confirm our physical identity and digital India is for digital inclusion. "Digital India is empowering ordinary Indian to the power of technology which is leading to digital inclusion, he said. The industry should be more innovative and Indian players should imbibe new innovations in IT," he added.

Addressing the gathering, Anil Baijal, Lt. Governor of NCT of Delhi, said that in the NCR Delhi itself the mobile theft cases are increasing to the tune of 40,000 cases per year, and there should be a mechanism to address this problem. 

He requested the Minister for Communication to consider the integration of the Zonal Integrated Police Network (ZIPNET) with the CEIR for better functioning.

The Secretary, Telecom and the Chairman, Digital Communications Commission, Anshu Prakash said that the Tele-density in the country has increased to 242 mobiles for 100 populations and the mobile handset became a means to fulfill all day-to-day requirements. Therefore, securing mobile with a system is the need of the hour.  

Notably, International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) is supposed to be a unique identity of a mobile phone device. A phone with one/two slots of SIM Card is programmed with one/two IMEI numbers as the case may be. IMEI number being programmable, some miscreants do reprogram the IMEI number, which results in the cloning of IMEI causing multiple devices with the same IMEI number. 

As on date, there are many cases of clones/duplicated IMEI handsets in the network. If such IMEI is blocked, a large number of mobile phones will get blocked being handsets with the same IMEI causing inconvenience to many genuine customers. Thus, there is a need to eliminate duplicate/fake IMEI mobile phones from the network.  

The project called Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR) system has been undertaken by the DoT for addressing security, theft and other concerns including reprogramming of mobile handsets.

The new project will facilitate Delhi customers in the following way:

-Request for blocking of stolen or lost mobile phones by customers.
-Blocking of such mobile phones across mobile networks.
-Allowing services to other existing customers have mobile phones with the same IMEI number.
-Sharing of traceability date with police authorities.
-Unblocking of recovered/found stolen or lost mobile phones.