Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has blocked 108,031 mobile phones in the country last year under a system introduced to restrain the theft of mobile phones. The management also unlocked the services for the 3,962 handsets during the same period, the information was revealed in the PTA Annual report.
The data released by the PTA on Sunday showed the statistics of the mobile phones that were blocked and unlocked during the past years. During 2007-08. 157,826 mobile phones were blocked, From 2008 to 2009, 127,568 handsets were blocked while from 2009 to 2010, 130,298 mobile phones were blocked. 111,545 blocked in 2010-11, 84,849 were blocked in 2011 to 2012, 73,474 were blocked in 2012 to 2013, 95,750 blocked in 2013-14 and 108,031 mobile phones were blocked in 2014-15.
PTA Annual report also says that 11,059 handsets were unblocked in 2007-08, 7,675 handsets were unblocked in 2008-09, 6,807 unblocked in 2009-10, 4,159 unblocked from 2010 to 2011, 3,567 mobile phones were unlocked in 2011-12, 3,334 unblocked from 2012 to 2013, 3,497 unblocked from 2013 to 2014 and 3,962 mobile phones were unlocked during 2014-15.
The International Mobile Station Equipment Identity (IMEI) is a unique 15-digit number that is assigned to each LTE, UMTS, and GSM-based device. If a device is stolen, the owner of the device can block the stolen device from accessing the network by reporting its IMEI number to the manufacturer of the phone.