New Delhi: Annoyed by the non conformity of the telecom operators, the Department of telecom or Dot has decided that all telecom firms who do not report compliance to the directions for installing equipment identification registers or EIRs by 24 January would be liable to pay the financial penalty as well as they may not be allowed to add any new subscribers.
A number of firms including MTNL, Reliance Communications, Bharti Airtel, BSNL and Tata Teleservices have already informed the DoT that they are in the process of installing the EIRs.
“The long list of operators including Idea, Vodafone, HFCL, Shyam, BPL, Spice, Aircel and Dishnet. “They have not sent any information of their compliance, a notice needs to be sent,” a DoT official said.
The telcos have to show the Dot the purchase order and an action taken report to prove compliance.
The government issued directions to the Indian telecom operators for installing EIRs so that calls originating from handsets with fake or without any IMEI or International Mobile Equipment Identity numbers would not be processed.
The financial penalty would be a per-day fine and would be will be doubled every 15 days and will continue till 15 April, the department of telecom (DoT) has said in its communication to all telcos. The communications ministry has also warned operators that they would not be allowed to add new subscribers from 15 April, 2009, if they fail to put systems in place that can ban calls on IMEI number-free handsets.
It is estimated that the cancelling of handsets without IMEI numbers would affect 1% of the handsets in use in the country.
IMEI numbers are the 16 digit code that comes embedded with every mobile handset and used to identify the handset on the operator’s network.