Kathmandu: The government has implemented the Mobile Device Management System (MDMS) effective from today, Thursday.
Issuing a public notice, the Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA) confirmed the implementation of the MDMS system, a security system that enables the telecom regulator to implement policies that secure, monitor and manages end-user mobiles.
With the implementation of the system, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) can block smartphones which is brought to Nepal without clearing customs.
The MDMS will completely end the import of grey mobile sets as the authority can block smartphones imported through illegal channels. As the MDMS will bring smartphones under the registration net, it will make it easier for authorities to monitor them. As the system is now implemented, the grey market vanishes, claim importers.
According to them, the implementation of the system will also reduce criminal activities that are conducted through the use of mobile phones.
Now, the mobile SIM card on phone sets whose International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number has not been registered at the NTA will not work.
The NTA has built a centralized system that keeps a record of mobile devices after their International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number is registered with it. Every mobile phone has a unique 15-digit IMEI number. For dual SIM phone sets, there are two IMEI numbers.
The IMEI number is shown on the cover of the mobile set or users can dial *#06# to find out their IMEI number. Users can verify whether their IMEI number has been registered or not by visiting the authority’s website www.nta.gov.np and going to the registration portal.
Or uses can check if the phone has been registered or not by visiting mdms.nta.gov.np.
If the IMEI number is verified, the customer need not register it again; but if the IMEI number is not verified, it has to be registered. The verifying portal is currently out of service due to heavy traffic.