In the national budget for fiscal year 2078-79, the Nepalese government has proposed a plan to control smartphones functioning within the country. The Nepal government intends to eliminate the grey market for cellphones by introducing a mobile device management system. Mobile phones brought into the country illegally cannot be used after the MDMS is fully implemented.
What is a Mobile Device Management System, and how does it work?
The Mobile Device Management System (MDMS) is a government-run system that keeps track of all smartphones used in the country. It’s a centralized system that keeps track of smartphones’ unique identifiers, or IMEI numbers. Official distributors and importers must register device IMEIs in the MDMS system before selling cellphones after it is implemented. Only devices registered with the government have access to the national telecom operator’s network. The technology will be able to track down and disable non-registered devices, prohibiting unlawful mobile phone imports into the country.
What is the purpose of a mobile device management system?
The government intends to implement MDMS to combat Nepal’s grey smartphone industry, which accounts for about a quarter of the country’s total smartphone market. The technology will substantially aid in the country’s financial control of smartphones. The government can collect 13% VAT and 2.5 percent excise duty on imported smartphones and use the proceeds to safeguard cellphones within the country. MDMS gives smartphones legal status and makes them secure. Furthermore, after registering your phone on MDMS, you can simply locate it if you lose it.
What happens if my smartphone is brought in from another country?
When you get to this point, you may think, “What about the phones that were brought from abroad?” You don’t have to be concerned about it. You can manually register your phone’s IMEI to MDMS for a minimal cost as soon as you receive it in Nepal. You can use your phone normally once it has been registered with the system.