Telecom authority NTA has finally implemented mobile monitoring software MDMS in Nepal. The long-delayed mobile security system has finally come into operation after months of preparation. With the launch of the advanced system, the government will have a most convincing tool to monitor mobile phones operating in Nepal, and grey phones will also be efficiently blocked by a central regulatory system.
The MDMS system is designed to holistically regulate mobile phones in Nepal. It will check device authenticity, track location, and other key details. Particularly, the system will help the government curb grey phones in Nepal. That is the system will blacklist and strip off telecom services on mobile phones which are not registered at NTA’s MDMS.
If you are concerned about the status of your phone’s registration, and what could happen to your phone if it is unregistered, you will learn comprehensively in this post. We will guide you through the process to register your phone’s IMEI to avoid blacklisting by NTA and also detail MDMS security software.
Unregistered phones will be blacklisted after 15 days
Mobile Device Management System (MDMS) is set to strike hard on grey phones in Nepal post-Bhadra 30. NTA has listed all the phones operating before the launch date of the system in its white list. That means no phone will be scrutinized for not being registered in the system.
However, from Bhadra 31, phones that are brought via illegal channels, or that have evaded customs charges called grey phones, will be given 15 days for registration and otherwise, will be blocked from telecom services on any network.
You can also check your phone’s IMEI verification at mdms.nta.gov.np. But there is a high chance that you have already received a message confirming your device’s MDMS verification.
What is MDMS?
MDMS stands for Mobile Device Management System. It is a security software system that helps authorities monitor, manage, and trace every registered phone in the country whichever telecom network they are on. The system will allow authorities to control and distribute stringent security policies to all mobile devices and ensure they are all safe and secure. Besides, the security software will verify devices’ authenticity and even lock them out of telecom services over the air if found illegitimate.
Most of the grey phones in Nepal enter via open borders in the South. Such phones evade customs and get cheaper for Nepali consumers. Meanwhile, Nepalese abroad bring phones as gifts for their family and friends in Nepal. These phones enter Nepal without registration. Although the government was to implement MDMS since Jestha, COVID-19 had forced its delay. Anyway, there is an added seriousness and hard work put into it by the government this time around.
Benefits Of MDMS
MDMS is all-encompassing software that will upgrade Nepali’s smartphone regulation up a notch. Bringing smartphones within this system will have benefits for all parties. The government will collect revenues on all the phones entering Nepal. NTA will have details of all the phones operating on all mobile networks. The users meanwhile, will also have several advantages.
NTA Asst. Spokesman Achyutananda Mishra has said MDMS will significantly discourage mobile phone thefts. Presently, if an unregistered phone is stolen or lost, NTA cannot help owners retrieve them because of the lack of IMEI in its directory. But the mandatory phone registration means any missing phones can be tracked for their locations. This will keep everybody alert in ‘cases’. Therefore, MDMS is not only beneficial to the government but also to the users too.
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Why do Nepalese Buy Grey Phones?
Simply put, grey phones come cheap and it has to do with the government’s tax scheme. Nepal Government charges 13% VAT and another 2.5% excise on mobile imports. Adding further, it has slashed VAT return to 0%. That is why unauthorized phones come cheap for both retailers and consumers.
Mostly, in border areas with India, retailers or third-party sellers sneak across with smartphones skipping customs. When they reach Nepali stores, the retailers can offer them at lower prices compared to official phones with heavy taxes on them. If consumers find phones with similar features at diverging price ranges, they are likely to choose the cheaper ones. Then there are those phones Nepali abroad bring to Nepal via flights. Those phones also escape registrations and freely operate on the Nepali network unregulated.
MDMS in Nepal to service multiple purposes
The objective of MDMS goes beyond merely airbrushing the so-called grey phones. The proposed plan is the Nepali government’s broader initiative to manage, monitor, and regulate mobile phones in Nepal. This will not only lessen the marginalized unregistered phones but will save government revenues, and help in anti-theft activities. Customarily, phone exporters receive their Type Approval Certificate from NTA for a particular brand and model of the device. This follows the registration of their IMEI by the NTA before they enter Nepal. But the grey phones do not follow these protocols. Retailers sneak around and import a large number of phones from India and sell them to Nepali customers.
For effective implementation, NTA will head start an independent department. Besides, the authority is going to maintain a network of phone makers, telecom operators, law enforcement agencies, and customs officials to constrain the mobility of unauthorized phones in Nepal.
After a Nepali SIM is inserted into a phone of any telecom network, MDMS begins authenticating the phone in its servers. Out of the millions of phones’ details, it will look for the particular phone’s IMEI. If it fails to track the IMEI, it can blacklist the phone, and terminate all the telecom services on it. There could follow some legal ramifications on the user’s end too for using an unauthorized device.
How To Register Your Phone’s IMEI in NTA’s MDMS?
As a state, currently, unregistered phones should not worry about NTA blacklisting their devices. But it is also a must that they register their phones. First, confirm whether your device is already registered at NTA by going to this link.
- Now, click on Know Your Device.
- There enter your device’s IMEI and Submit.
- If your device is already registered at NTA, you will see the following screen.
If IMEI is not registered, then go to this link and follow the steps below.
- On your first screen, click on Sign Up as you saw above.
- Now you will see two options; New Importer and Individual Application. Click on the latter.
- This brings up a form where you will require to input your phone’s Brand Name, Model Number, and IMEI number. You will also require to upload an official document to authenticate your id. Citizenship or a passport would do After you fill up all the detail including the document.
- If your phone has two SIM cards, input SIM 1 and then SIM 2 separated by; as instructed. Confirm your details and submit the form.
NTA will now put your application through verification and once it is approved, you will receive a notification on your email/ SIM card which might take from a few days to a fortnight.
MDMS has soft launched from Bhadra 30 and will take a few months before the security software operates at full capacity. If in case, you have a new phone that is not yet registered, then we suggest you register your phone right away and avoid blacklisting by MDMS.
If you have any queries regarding MDMS and the steps to IMEI verification, we will be glad to clear all your confusion about it. Kindly let us know in the comments below.