The government is still working on a ministerial regulation on validation of the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI). Even so the fate of black market mobile phones (BM) and those purchased from abroad are known when the regulation is enforced. The Ministry of Industry (Kemenperin) through its Instagram account explained several things related to IMEI control regulations. This regulation will certainly take effect August 17 next. This effort was made to increase public awareness of domestic products. Besides protecting the mobile industry in the country.

Later the government will synchronize the IMEI data base and SIM Card. If IMEI is not registered, cellphones cannot be connected to telecommunications services in Indonesia. But the Ministry of Industry does not necessarily block it. BM cell phones purchased before August 17 will be able to bleach, with regulations being prepared. Likewise, mobile phones are bought abroad. If the purchase is made and activated before August 17, the government will also make bleaching. Now if you buy a cellphone from abroad or BM cellphone after August 17, the Ministry of Industry ensures that these devices cannot be used in Indonesia.

Even though IMEI rules are in sight, the Ministry of Industry reminds the public that there is no need to rush to check the IMEI of their devices. Currently the Ministry of Industry is preparing a special page to check the official IMEI. The program regulations for applying the validation database of mobile original identity numbers (International Mobile Equipment Identity / IMEI) are currently being finalized. The purpose of this regulation is to protect industries and consumers in Indonesia.

The finalization of the drafting of the regulation was carried out by the Ministry of Industry together with the Ministry of Communication and Information and the Ministry of Trade. The target is that the regulations of the three ministries will be set on August 17, 2019. The IMEI control system is very important to protect domestic industries and consumers. For this reason, it is necessary to identify, register and block cellular telecommunications equipment that does not meet the provisions.

The mobile industry in the country has experienced a fairly rapid growth in production over the past five years. This is inseparable from the government’s efforts to spur development in the telecommunications and information technology (telematics) sector. The Ministry of Industry noted, in 2013, cellphone imports reached 62 million units with a value of USD 3 billion. Meanwhile, domestic production is around 105 thousand for two local brands. Finally, the government issued regulations aimed at reducing imported products and encouraging domestic productivity.

The result, in 2014, mobile phone imports decreased compared to the previous year, to 60 million units. Meanwhile, domestic cellphone production grew significantly to 5.7 million units. Then, in 2015, imported products dropped by 40 percent from the previous year, to 37 million units with a value of USD 2.3 billion. Meanwhile, mobile phone production in the country has increased by 700 percent from 2014, to 50 million units for 23 local and international brands. In 2016, imported cellphone products declined again around 36 percent from the previous year, to 18.5 million units with a value of USD775 million. For cellphone production in the country increased by 36 percent from 2015, to 68 million units.

The eleven local brands, namely SPC, Evercoss, Elevate, Advan, Luna, Andromax, Polytron, Mito, Aldo, Axioo, and Zyrex. This national product has a strong branding for the middle to lower market share and upper middle class

The black market cell phone blocking (BM) rule was initially rumored to be signed by the three ministries concerned on August 17, 2019 and came into force in February 2020. However, the latest update says the signing will take place “on August 17th”. Likewise, the contents of regulations and the implementation schedule are still confusing. According to the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo), the schedule for signing the IMEI rules is still waiting for a schedule from the Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Trade, and the Ministry of Communication and Information. From Kompas.com search, Kominfo apparently has a draft regulation for the blocking mechanism of IMEI-based illegal cellphones or black market (BM) which is planned to be implemented in Indonesia. Information on the website of the Ministry of Communication and Information states that the Draft Ministerial Regulation Regarding the Restriction of Access to Cellular Mobile Telecommunications Services has been through public consultation on August 2 through August 6.

These regulations include regulating the National IMEI Database System, which is a system and service that processes IMEI data from the National IMEI Information System (SIINAS) and dump data from operators (telecommunications operators) managed by the Ministry of Industry. IMEI or International Mobile Equipment Identity is a 15 digit unique identification number belonging to each telecommunications device used to identify that device when connected to a cellular network.

This IMEI number is used as the basis for blocking illegal devices (BM) by cellular operators. If the IMEI number is not registered in the database system because it has entered through an illegal channel, the device concerned will be blocked by being unable to connect to the cellular network. To find out whether your device’s IMEI number is registered in the government database system or not, please dial the combination number * # 06 # on the mobile phone dialer to get the IMEI number information first. Then, enter the IMEI number into the checking column on the Ministry of Industry website at the following link.

In the RPM text Regarding the Restriction of Access to Telecommunications Services, article 3 states that each telecommunications operator is required to identify the IMEI of the device connected to its network. Identification is done by making a data collection (data dump) that contains information on the IMEI number, IMSI (identity number on the SIM card), MSISDN (mobile number on the SIM card), and Radio Access Technology (RAT) and the date of the connection.

The next article states that telecommunications operators must download the Notification List, Exclusion List and Periodic Black List from the National IMEI Database Information System. Organizers are also required to provide an Equipment Identity Register (EIR) that is connected to the National IMEI Database System. This EIR must meet the technical requirements of the latest international standards published by the 3GPP standardization agency. From the reverse side, customers can apply for a block for a lost or stolen device. The organizer is permitted to collect fees for carrying out this application.

Blocking is called not valid for devices used by overseas customers who are roaming networks in Indonesia, such as tourists. Default equipment from abroad is also excluded by a maximum of 2 units of different types per person. Exceptions are also applied to representatives of foreign countries and their officials serving in Indonesia based on the principle of reciprocity, and the instruments used in handling natural disasters in accordance with the provisions of the law. In addition, devices that have been connected to cellular networks until this ministerial regulation comes into force are also excluded. In other words, BM cellphones that have been connected to the network before the regulations take effect will not be blocked. The Draft Regulation of the Ministry of Communication and Information concerning the blocking of BM cell phones based on IMEI will come into force within 6 months from the date of promulgation. Because it is still in the form of a Ministerial Regulation, there is still the possibility of changes to its contents.

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