The National Communications Regulatory Commission binds mobile communications operators from January 2, 2010 to start sending notification SMSes to subscribers whose phones are on the ‘grey’ lists of IMEI-codes database, reads a report made by the commission.
“Starting from January 2, 2010 mobile communications operators must begin sending notification SMSes to subscribers who use mobile terminals on the ‘grey’ lists, according to information received from Ukrchastotnahliad,”
Also the commission obligated operators by January 15, 2010 to analyse through the situation with the growing number of the ‘grey’ lists on the IMEI-codes database and provide the commission and the Ukrainian state centre for radio frequencies (Ukrchastotnahliad) with proposals as to adjusting their current registers of subscribers in line with Ukrchastotnahliad’s general base of IMEI codes.
According to Ukrchastotnahliad’s terminology, the ‘white’ list consists of IMEI codes of phones legally imported into Ukraine while the ‘grey’ list consists of IMEI codes of phones of unknown origins (illegally imported phones and phones imported by individuals, etc).
As it was earlier reported, after sending a notification to a subscriber about his/her phone is on the ‘grey’ list the operator has in three months disconnect this particular mobile terminal from its network.
Data from Ukrchastotnahliad, about 100,000 mobile phones in Ukraine are on the so-called ‘grey’ list of telephones with non-registered IMEI codes.