Mobile operators comply with the obligation to block IMEI numbers of stolen handsets.
The results of an inspection carried out by the Office of Telecommunications and Post Regulation (from 6 to 28 January 2005) prove that the operators: Polkomtel S.A., Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa Sp. z o.o. and PTK Centertel Sp. z o.o. have implemented relevant procedures and, according to the Telecommunications law, block IMEI numbers (International Mobile Equipment Identity) of stolen handsets.
The law imposes the following obligations on mobile operators:
In order to fulfil new obligations, the three mobile operators signed an agreement specifying conditions for cooperation between operators with respect to the exchange of information enabling the identification of stolen telecommunications terminal equipment as early as on 16 December 2004. The agreement introduced uniform principles of handling requests for blocking/unblocking an IMEI number, form of “Request for blocking/unblocking terminal equipment” as well as a specimen “Certificate of reporting/withdrawal of a report to the police on the theft of terminal equipment”.
During the inspection URTiP found that operators handled requests for blocking a stolen mobile phone received only from their own clients. All subscribers and registered pre-paid users can block a stolen phone. A handset may be also blocked by a plenipotentiary.
On submitting a request for blocking a mobile handset the following documents are required:
A handset is blocked:
The information on blocked IMEI numbers is then transferred electronically to the remaining operators in the form of specially formatted and coded files once or twice a day (in the morning and in the afternoon) on working days. Operators are planning to make this process automatic, which should enable the transfer of information without any limits on frequency also at weekends.
Although the provisions of Telecommunications law mention only the blocking of stolen handsets, operators under the above agreement offer a complementary service of unblocking previously blocked handsets, applying the same procedure as in the case of blocking IMEI numbers.
The information obtained by URTiP inspection officers shows that from 1 to 20 January 2005, operators handled and blocked 1693 mobile handsets in total, including: