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Sri Lankan Networks Ordered to Block Unregistered Mobile Phones

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Sri Lanka's Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRCSL) has decided to ban imported mobile phones that are not registered with the telecoms regulator, the TRC.

The TRC's Director General Anusha Palpita has said that all imported mobile phones should be registered and they are required to meet certain safety regulations.

The mobile networks will be required to block unregistered phones, he added.

TRC has taken steps to maintain a Central Equipment Identity Register and all the phones failing to register will be disabled by checking their IMEI against the central database.

There will be an unspecified grace period before the ban comes into effect to give existing users time to register their handsets.

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