TASS reportsthat Beeline, MegaFon, and Tele2, together with Rossvyaz, are preparing to introduce IMEI identification, which should allow restricting gray import of gadgets and preventing fraudsters from using stolen phones.
In Rossvyaz, they said that preparations for the introduction of IMEI identification include the launch of a pilot project that will test various business processes. The site for this project will be the Central Telecommunication Research Institute (TsNIIS) subordinate to Rossvyaz, and it is he who manages the central IMEI database.
The pilot project is divided into parts, in each of which testing of a certain system functionality is carried out. In addition to the central IMEI database, it includes special information systems of telecom operators, the department said. All tests will be performed at predetermined time intervals, online and under the supervision of responsible specialists.
“Within the framework of the pilot project, an automated interaction between the information systems of telecom operators and the central database should be checked using several interaction protocols,” they added to the Central Scientific Research Institute.
The tests are supposed to be carried out differentially for each of the telecom operators, and representatives of the three aforementioned operators have already confirmed to TASS that they are interacting with the Central Research Institute of Information Technology on the preparation for the introduction of gadget identification by IMEI.
So, Beeline is currently testing the interaction of the operator’s information system with the central database of the Central Scientific Research Institute.
Tele2 reported that they tested the interaction of the EIR solution (operator registry with IMEI numbers) and the central database for the exchange of device lists, and the test results were recognized as successful. We are talking about testing a technology that automatically eliminates blacklisted IMEIs, that is, numbers that are denied access to the network, and registers those that are in white lists.
In turn, Megafon stated that the concept of the system’s work is currently being discussed, in particular, options for exchanging IMEI databases between operators are being tested.
MTS representatives declined to comment. And all the participants in the pilot project are not yet ready to share the test results.
Also, Rossvyaz stressed that this pilot project should be fully completed before the law enters into force. Moreover, the corresponding bill has not yet been submitted to the State Duma. As TASS explained, co-author of the bill, head of the interim commission of the Federation Council on the development of the information society Lyudmila Bokova, the document is still being finalized: “Nobody forgot about the bill. The financial and economic justification is being finalized, ”she said, emphasizing that the bill does not imply any financial burden for citizens.