Department of Telecommunication Current Affairs - 2020

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Central Equipment Identify Register: Government launches web portal to trace stolen mobiles

The Government of India on December 30, 2019, launched “Central Equipment Identify Register” portal to block and trace mobile phones. The web portal will operate under Department of Telecom.

Highlights

The CEIR portal has been established in order to address theft, security and other concerns. The portal will also hold database of IMEI numbers of blacklisted handsets. When a phone is listed in blacklist, the wireless carriers will not allow the phone to connect to a network. It will facilitate request of blocking lost or stolen mobile phones of the citizens.

CEIR

The CEIR has powers to block the usage of the phone. On the other hand, the predecessor technologies of CEIR were able to block the sim cards alone. The CEIR also has powers to access the GSMA database. GSMA is Global system of Mobile Communications. The database of GSMA holds manufacturer and model numbers.

IMEI

IMEI is the International Mobile Equipment Identity is a unique number that can be found in batteries of phones. Australia was the first country to adopt IMEI. Other countries that have adopted IMEI include US, UK, India.

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Single emergency number ‘112’ to be operational throughout India from January 1, 2017

The single emergency number ‘112’ will be operational throughout India from January 1, 2017 to help people reach immediate services of police, ambulance and fire department.

In this regard, Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad approved the provision of a single number for various emergency services.

Key facts

  • The single emergency number will be similar to the ‘911’ all-in-one emergency service in the United States and 999 of United Kingdom (UK).
  • The 211 emergency services will also be accessible even through those SIMs and landlines whose outgoing call facility has been stopped or temporarily suspended.
  • A person in distress will need to call only 112, which will direct the call to concerned departments immediately for help.
  • All existing emergency numbers will be phased out within a year of rolling out 112, depending upon the awareness about this new facility.

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