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Mobile operators in the fight against theft of mobile devices

17 July 2012 | In News | 297 views | By

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A GSMA América Latina anunciou hoje o compromisso das main operadoras de redes móveis (Less, mobile network operators) from Latin America to collaborate with regional Governments on initiatives designed to reduce the theft of mobile phones and related crimes. Essa iniciativa voluntária das MNOs GSM permitirá que as informações sobre o dispositivo móvel roubado sejam compartilhadas para bloquear os devices roubados e dificultar o comércio e a reutilização desses dispositivos na região.

roubo celularAt a meeting of the Group of Directors regulation (CROG, Chief Regulatory Officers Group) of Latin America, representantes de assuntos públicos das MNOs regionais concordaram com os passos para começar a trocar informações sobre appliances roubados através da base de dados IMEI da GSMA. The agreement implies that the information shared with the Less will be used to identify devices reported as stolen by the users to ensure that they are recognised and, then, blocked, subject to local regulations.

Javier Delgado, President of the CROG Latin America, said: “This joint effort of all regional carriers to be part of this initiative will help the regulatory agencies of our countries to face and deal with this plague”.

This coordinated action by mobile operators is already showing results in Central America, where the industry regulatory agencies and telecommunications of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras e Panamá estão alinhando seus esforços para facilitar a identifiesção e o bloqueio de dispositivos roubados. “The idea is based on the experience of collaboration between telcos and Governments held in Central America and expand it from country in countries throughout the region in the next six months”, explained Delgado.

The creation, the Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL) of Regional front to combat the theft of mobile devices was an essential element in the resolution adopted in 2011 by CITEL during the meeting of the Advisory Committee (CCPI).Among other proposals, This resolution recommended: “Regulate at regional level to Exchange databases, blacklists and block your unique identification code (IMEI) para evitar a ativação e o uso de telefones celulares roubados em other mercados e ajudar a controlar o comércio ilegal de dispositivos entre os países da região”.

“Share information through global IMEI database is an important step in collaboration, that our Less Member want to give, and it is also a proof of how the public and private sectors can work together to deal with specific issues that are of interest to the society and Governments”, emphasized Sebastian Cabello, Director of the GSMA Latin America. “While sharing information can help reduce crime, It is essential to explore and adopt other measures to ensure adequate detection, process and punishment for such crimes.”

GSMA Member operators who are committed to connect to the database of stolen equipment and implement measures to block stolen terminals in all countries in which they operate in Latin America are: America Movil, Antel, Cable & Wireless Panama, Corporacion Digitel, Entel Bolivia, Entel Chile, ICE, Tigo Colombia, Nextel/NII Holdings, Nuevatel PCS Bolivia, Orange Dominican Republic, Telecom Italy, Telefonica.

The agreement, whose full implementation is planned for March 2013, covers more than 500 million mobile connections in the region. The GSMA will continue working to promote the adoption of these guidelines in every company member of the GSMA in Latin America by signing a memorandum of understanding between operators of country country.

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