MDMS started today, but 8 million mobiles are still in the gray market


Nepal Telecommunication Authority has started Mobile Device Management System (MDMS) from today.


The authority said that this system has been implemented from today to control the unauthorized import of mobile phones entering Nepal illegally. But gray mobiles which are not registered in MDMS are dominant in the market.

According to the authority, 8 million mobiles are in the gray and black list, that is, these mobiles are not registered with the IMEI authority. Spokesperson of the authority Mishra says, ‘We will register the mobile phone we brought. But the importer himself also registers and sends the list. But it is estimated that IMEI of 8 million mobiles in the Nepali market is still not registered.

According to the authority, MDMS system is a high technology to control unauthorized entry of mobile phones into Nepal. The official decision of this was that the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, who is also the spokesperson of the government, Rekha Sharma, informed that the cabinet meeting held on Tuesday, apart from the facilities that those going for foreign employment, will be allowed to bring one more i.e. two mobile phones and implement the MDMS system.

Achutanand Mishra, Assistant Spokesperson of the Telecommunication Authority, says, ‘We have implemented the MDMS system to some extent since two years ago. But after the government decided to fully implement it in the last cabinet meeting, the authority has been forced to implement it from today (May 1).’

Earlier, MDMS system was partially implemented in 078 July and 079 August also. It was said that the system will be fully implemented from January 15, 2007. But there was widespread opposition due to the provision of paying taxes and customs duties on mobile phones brought by Nepali workers who have returned from foreign employment. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal directed not to implement the system immediately after criticism at the public level.

With the implementation of this system, all mobile phones entering Nepal will have to be registered. If it is not registered, it will not work in Nepali.

According to the authority, the mobile phones before the implementation of this system will be automatically registered, while all the mobile phones coming in after today (Monday) will have to be registered.

The authority has informed that when purchasing a mobile phone, it should be checked only if it is registered in the system. For that You can go to see.

Mobile importers and sellers have also been instructed by the authority to sell only mobiles that have been approved and registered.

With the start of this system, the authority says that by tracking and blocking mobile sets, arrangements can be made to prevent such mobiles from operating in Nepal. It is believed that this will also help in reducing crime.

8 million mobiles still in the gray market

According to the authority, 8 million mobiles are in the gray and black list, that is, these mobiles are not registered with the IMEI authority. Authority spokesperson Mishra says, ‘We will register the mobile phone we brought. But the importer himself also registers and sends the list. But it is estimated that IMEI of 8 million mobiles in the Nepali market is still not registered.

He said that the authority has categorized the mobile registration system into white, gray and black list. ‘White list means valid phones that can be used. Stolen, lost, illegal numbers are kept in the black list, he says, ‘In the gray list, IMEI numbers that have been complained about and are being investigated are classified as 9mobile0.’

According to him, so far only 27,000 mobile phones have been registered in the MDMS system on an individual basis, while the importer registers them separately and sends them. He says, ‘To date, 2.7 million white mobiles have been registered in the MDMS system based on the IMEI number registered in this system, based on individual and importers.’

What is MDMS?

In particular, the MDMS system, which manages and controls the import of mobile phones, helps distinguish formally registered and unregistered mobile phones. This system has been established with the argument that about 40 percent of mobile phones are being used illegally and this is harming the government, businessmen and consumers.

Achutanand Mishra, Assistant Spokesperson of Nepal Telecommunication Authority, says that this system will be helpful in making Nepal’s mobile market completely legal. He says, ‘MDMS is a system for keeping official data of phones connected to Nepal’s mobile service. As there is a system established to check the authenticity of the import of mobile phones, the main purpose of this system is to prevent mobile phones from entering Nepal by evading customs.’

Not all the phones that come to the Nepali market come through legitimate means. Legal importers of phones have already submitted the phone’s IMEI number, a 915-digit unique number that appears when dialing ‘Star Hash 06 Hash’ on a mobile phone, to the Telecom Authority before importing. Those numbers are in all records of the authority.

However, phones are also imported into the market through illegal channels. Phones have been sold by bringing Seemawari from the Indian market as well. The authority does not have a record of such stolen phone calls. For this reason, this system has been made to identify the phones coming from legal channels and to prevent phones coming from illegal channels from operating in Nepal.

According to this, phones without IMEI registration will be blacklisted and if they are not registered within the specified day, they will be ‘blocked’ and unable to provide mobile service.

How to register?

A certain method has been prescribed to register the phones sent and brought by the relatives and friends who are living abroad and have gone for a visit in MDMS.

All the work of mobile IMEI number registration can be done online. of MDMS You can upload necessary documents along with citizenship by filling in the phone details.

Based on that, the authority validates and registers the IMEI number. There is no charge for registering such an IMEI number.

Consumers do not have to worry about registering mobiles officially bought from mobile shops in Nepal as they will be registered at the time of import.

Do you have to register phones that have already come from abroad?

Phones received as gifts from abroad before 31, 2080 also do not need to be registered. Phones that have been used in the system using Nepali SIM cards till 31 Baisakh have been automatically registered in this system even though they were brought in through the legal process.

Even if the mobile does not receive a message that it is registered in MDMS, the consumer should not worry that his phone is not registered. Because all the phones before the system is activated have been legalized.

Therefore, from May 1, all phones sent by relatives from abroad must be registered within 15 days.

What happens if you bring a new phone from abroad?

All phones are not only illegal if Nepalese traders do not import them. Phones sent and brought by relatives and friends from abroad are also valid.

The government has given Jhitigunta facilities so that every Nepalese returning from abroad can now bring two new phones. That’s why calls like this are valid. However, the IMEI number of that phone is not registered with the authority.

Therefore, now if a relative brings or sends a mobile phone from abroad, the IMEI of that phone can be registered in the system of Nepal Telecommunication Authority with necessary proof.

If the IMEI number of the imported phone is not registered in the record system, it will not be possible to get mobile service through the phone. However, only wireless internet can be used on such unregistered phones.

Bringing it from abroad does not work?

It is not that if you put a SIM in the phone the same day you bring it from abroad, it will not work. The SIM card can be used for 15 days in the phones imported by means other than legal import.

The authority also sends a notification to the mobile to register the device. If the IMEI is not registered even during that period, the SIM card of Nepal’s mobile service provider cannot be used on the phone from the 16th day.

To know whether the mobile you are currently using and the mobile you are going to buy is registered in Nepal’s system You can check by going to If it is not registered, it should be registered within 15 days.

Telecom companies will ‘block’ unregistered mobiles so that the service does not work. Everyone should know that the mobile network will not work on unregistered phones, the mobile itself will not be turned off.

Who benefits after the implementation of MDMS?

Using a mobile phone registered with an IMEI number means taking service from every legitimate device. It discourages the illegal import and sale of phones. It also increases the contribution to the government revenue account.

The businessmen are using the people returning from abroad for smuggling and sending expensive phones for commercial purposes. This system will also help to control it.

The warranty that comes with buying a legitimate phone also benefits the consumer. The system also helps in the control of cyber crime that can be caused by using illegal devices. The risk of buying a poor quality phone is also reduced. Bringing stolen phones in India to the Nepali market and selling them will be less.

Doing criminal activities through mobile system will also become a situation of fear. Since it is known which SIM user is using the phone with which IMEI number, the crime of using an illegal phone is reduced. Security personnel are also helped to control crime.


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Rabins Sharma Lamichhane

Rabins Sharma Lamichhane is the owner of RabinsXP who is constantly working for increasing the Internet of Things (IoT) in Nepal. He also builds android apps and crafts beautiful websites. He is also working with various social services. The main aim of Lamichhane is to digitally empower the citizens of Nepal and make the world spiritually sound better both in terms of technology and personal development. Rabins is also the first initiator of Digital Nepal.

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