The state-owned Ukrainian State Center of Radio Frequencies expects that unregistered IMEI cell-phones will be disconnected as of the autumn, the statement from the Ukrainian State Center of Radio Frequencies reads.
Four out five mobile operators have all tools to undertake this operation, Pavlo Slobodianiuk, head of the center, said.
“As soon as operators set up the required equipment, cell phones of unknown origin or those which were stolen, or lost will be disconnected. This will likely happen in the autumn,” Slobodianiuk noted.
The Astelit cellular mobile telephone company, that provides mobile telephone services under the life:) brand, and the Kyivstar mobile communications operator confirmed the information that they had purchased, installed and tested the tools to disconnect cell-phones without an IMEI code.
The terms for launching the operation depend on the National Commission for Communications Regulation, according to Astelit.
However, as Kyivstar put it, it does not see clear legal grounds to switch off an end user device. Therefore, this issue should be examined at the legislative level, the company noted.
In June 2009, the Ukrainian State Center of Radio Frequencies launched an information system for registration of mobile phones through IMEI codes.
The National Commission for Communications Regulation on February 5, 2009 released order No 1339, that took force on March 28, 2009, to ban selling mobile phones with not-registered IMEI codes from July 2009.