Sourced from: NepaliTelecom.com.
The government plans to deploy MDMS to monitor smartphones in the country soon, but what will this imply for grey phones? Learn about NTA’s intentions with MDMS for the upcoming fiscal year.
One announcement in the recent budget address concerned existing grey phone users. Those who were carrying unlicensed phones received an unfavorable message from the government. Don’t worry, reading this page will assist you in resolving this issue.
Hon. Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Poudel said that the government will disable the so-called grey phones with MDMS after Shrawan 1. Many people who purchased their smartphones from authorized retailers are unaffected. Those who obtained their devices from relatives abroad or from questionable sources, on the other hand, need to be on their guard right now.
The government will introduce MDMS to dissociate phones that do not have entries in its database. This means that users of certain phones will be unable to make or receive calls or texts. While such phones have disturbed many, some may be skeptical of the government’s resolution. The question remains, will the government truly disable grey phones after Shrawan 1?
What Has Been Said?
According to NTA Deputy Spokesperson Achyutanda Mishra, the government has begun blacklisting lost or stolen phones based on reports. Following the implementation of MDMS, the NTA will also crack down on grey phones that leave no record in the authority’s registries/database.
According to the process, “the smartphone distributors first get a type approval certificate from the NTA for the relevant mobile brand.” “After approval, NTA records the IMEI of those devices in its systems, and they are permitted to be supplied within the Nepali market,” he added.
When distributors import mobile phones into Nepal, the NTA records the IMEI numbers under the exporter’s titles. When the devices reach their clients, the exporters transfer ownership to them.
The Deputy Spokesperson further stated that even purchasing and selling among users need paperwork. He stated that the telecom regulator will be implementing a KYC mechanism soon for this purpose.
NTA Firm on Disabling Grey Phones
The NTA, Customs, police, telecom providers, and mobile manufacturers will all be included in the soon-to-be-launched Mobile Device Management System (MDMS). All of these parties will work together to white list phones that come through lawful routes.
When a new buyer inserts a SIM card into his phone, the MDMS will activate and attempt to register it. If it is unable to locate the device’s IMEI in the database or if it is discovered to be black/grey, the system will prevent the phone from receiving a mobile signal. The phones in the MDMS database have either a white, black, or grey status.
According to Deputy Spokesperson Achyutanda Mishra, MDMS will provide maximum security to consumers. It will allow the phone to function if the IMEI and SIM card owner’s IDs match.
Grey phones now account for more than 5% of the Nepalese market, and open borders have played a significant role in this. Not only has it jeopardized user safety, but it has also lost the government a significant portion of its revenue for years. The government now appears adamant that it would fully implement MDMS and disable the grey phones in circulation.
What Can You Do For your Grey Phones?
It’s no surprise that grey smartphones are common due to open borders and the enormous number of Nepalese living abroad. Buyers may have purchased phones from stores without knowing the legality of the gadget, or they may have fallen for a lower price. Some people are even unsure whether your present phone is authorized or unauthorized.
But don’t be concerned. You may check the status of your gadget online in a variety of ways. Go to this page and click on ‘know your device,’ then enter your information to find out if your phone is legal or not.
For a more comprehensive guideline on the registration of your phones in Nta, you can follow our post here.
If you are certain that your device has not yet been registered, go to this link sign up and provide your device’s information. Based on your papers and device information, NTA will maintain the records and verify them as quickly as possible.
As thousands of smartphones arrive in Nepal as gifts for relatives, their authenticity remains unknown. The Nepalese customs department will shortly build up an MDMS system to control them right on the spot for this purpose.
A word of caution: before it’s too late, we advise our readers to register their devices to avoid the looming consequences.
The MDMS system will add an important layer of security to the devices while also assisting the government in collecting taxes. It will also assist to reduce the crime that grey phones have historically contributed to.
Once implemented by the government, all devices in Nepal will be regulated and able to track their position when necessary. Tracking phones that have been lost or stolen will be simplified, and blacklisting such phones will be simple.
What do you think about the MDMS’s current impact on phone users? Are you in possession of such a device? Do you believe the deadline should be extended for the convenience of mobile users? Please share your thoughts in the comments box below.