The service of ‘Central Equipment Identity Register’ (CEIR) is being rolled out in Mumbai, Maharashtra on a pilot basis.
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‘Central Equipment Identity Register’ (CEIR)
- Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR) is a database of IMEIs (International Mobile Equipment Identity)– the 15-digit unique number that identifies mobile devices.
- Ministry for Communications unveiled a portal- Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR) in Mumbai which will help mobile phone users trace their stolen or lost mobile phones.
- All mobile phones have a unique International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number which is used to identify them.
- Because of reprogrammable characteristic of IMEI’s, cloning is done and multiple phone devices with same IMEI number are there. If such IMEIs are blocked, several genuine customers might suffer.
- To get rid of this, the CEIR (website) project has been undertaken.
- Blocking of reported lost or stolen mobile phones across mobile networks, discouraging their theft.
- Facilitate in tracing of such reported lost/stolen mobile phones.
- Prevention of mobile devices with duplicate and fake IMEIs in the network.
- Curtail the use of counterfeit mobile devices
- Reduced health risks to the users with the control of use of counterfeit mobile phones.
- Improved QoS and reduced call drops with reduction in use of counterfeit mobile devices.