PTA to extend the deadline for mobile devices amid COVID-19

Pakistan telecommunication authority (PTA) has extended the deadline for mobile devices to 3rd June, 2020 for all un-registered devices. IMEI number presents on mobile devices helps in the recognition of devices.

The extension has been given to the public to facilitate in difficult time of COVID-19 and ensure social distancing during this difficult time. It would ensure social distancing during lockdown. The blocking of such mobile devices will start from 4th June 2020 and will be communicated via SMS well in time.

As per terms and conditions, all mobile devices being linked to local networks using local SIM are subject to registration within 60 days from first use of device on local mobile networks in Pakistan.

However due to unexpected circumstances, unregistered device IMEIs which were to be blocked between 18th March to 3rd June 2020 will now start getting blocked from 4th June 2020.

In line with the Telecom Policy 2015, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) launched Device Identification, Registration, and Blocking System (DIRBS) in collaboration with 3G Technologies.

PTA is aware of telecom consumer’s needs and is taking number of steps to help them in resolving their problems. Launch of this new service is yet another proof of PTA’s sincerity towards its vision of protection of telecom consumers and their rights.

He said that this system will be implemented to automatically Identify sub-standard, fake, and illegally imported mobile phones, register and block non-compliant devices on mobile phone networks.

This unique system will restrain illegal imports, helps legitimate device importers, and mobile device users, and improve overall security situation. 

PTA has always been involved in facilitating telecom consumers with the best telecom services along with legal protection of their rights. The statistics of telecom growth in Pakistan are proof of the satisfaction level of telecom consumers with the quality of telecom services provided to them.

Today the mobile operators have enhanced this coverage to over 65% of the population. Broadband subscribers that stood on 1.3 million  till 2014 with limited speed offerings today has crossed a milestone of 50 million (2018) with mobile broadband speed crossing 20 Mbs

Mobile device users can register their devices through website ( or by dialing *8484#.


PTA to extend the deadline for mobile devices amid COVID-19