Telephony operators to combat theft of mobile devices

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A GSMA América Latina anunciou hoje o compromisso das main operadoras de redes móveis (Available, mobile network operators) from Latin America to collaborate with regional Governments in 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 apparatus roubados através da base de dados IMEI da GSMA. The agreement implies that the information shared with the MNOs will be used to identify devices reported as stolen by the users to ensure that they are recognized 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 confront and deal with this pest”.

This action coordinated 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 telecommunications operators and Governments held in Central America and expand it from country to country throughout the region in the next six months”, Delgado explained.

The creation, the Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL) the 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: “Regional regulatory Exchange databases of 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 across global IMEI database is an important step in collaboration, our MNOs Member want to give, and it's also a proof of how the public and private sectors can work together to deal with specific issues that are of interest to society and Governments”, emphasized Sebastian Cabello, Director of the GSMA Latin America. “At the same time that 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.”

The 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, Italy Telecom and Telefonica.

The agreement, whose full implementation is scheduled 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 all Member companies of the GSMA in Latin America through the signing of a memorandum of understanding between carriers from country to country.

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