IMEI Regulation; Illegal Phone Dealers will Not be Compensated



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian government announced that it will not provide compensation for illegal mobile phone dealers in regards to the regulation that would take effect in 2020, known as the regulation on IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity). 

    As a solution, the government offered the mobile phone dealers that would be affected by the regulation to either register the products they currently sell or sell them before the regulation takes effect on April 18, 2020. 

    “No, there will be no compensation provided,” said the Communication and Informatics Ministry’s (Kominfo) Directorate of Postal and Information Technology Standards, Dimas Yanuarsyah, at the program dissemination in the ITC Roxy Mas, Central Jakarta on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

    The IMEI policy public dissemination in what people consider as one of the hubs of illegal smartphone sales was attended by Officials across three state-ministries, that comprise the Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Trade, and the Kominfo. 

    The three ministries issued the IMEI regulation collectively on October 18, 2019. This regulation effectively makes illegal mobile phones inoperable.