PTA IMEI Blocking Extension – New Deadline Amid COVID-19 pandemic

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: In light of present Coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has extended the blocking of the IMEI deadline to an additional 30 days for all GSMA valid device IMEIs seen on mobile networks but currently not registered with the PTA.


The PTA IMEI extension has been given to provide relief and facilitation to the public and ensure the social distancing during this time.

The blocking of such mobile devices will continue from May 19, 2020, and will be communicated via SMS.

As per regulations, all mobile devices being connected to local networks using local SIM are subject to registration within 60 days from the first use of the device on local mobile networks in Pakistan.

However, due to extraordinary circumstances, blocking of non-registered device IMEIs which were to be blocked between March 18 to May 18, 2020 will now start from May 19, 2020.

The PTA launched the Device Identification Registration & Blocking System (DIRBS).

Mobile device users can register their devices through its website https://dirbs.pta.gov.pk/drs or by dialing *8484#.

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