Despite Covid-19 Pandemic, IMEI regulation remains valid as planned

The fact that Indonesia is in emergency Covid-19 does not necessarily make the Ministry of Industry postpone the application of IMEI rules. In accordance with the initial plan, the rules that will eradicate the black market cell phone will roll starting April 18, 2020 tomorrow.

It cannot be denied, the fact that the Corona Virus Pandemic paralyzed a part of the economy in Indonesia. However, the situation did not necessarily stop several agendas that had been announced by the government.

For example, the agenda for implementing the IMEI or International Mobile Equipment Identity rules. The Minister of Communication and Information (Menkominfo) Johnny G Plate stressed that the regulation remained in force.

In his statement, Johnny G Plate revealed that there are currently agreements with a number of parties such as the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Industry, Cellular Operators in Indonesia and others. Thus, Blocking Illegal Mobile or Black market will still be applied.

“It has just been finished discussing across relevant ministries, the Ministry of Communication and Information, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Industry, and the Ministry of Trade with cellular operators. The enforcement of IMEI rules will continue to be carried out on 18 April at 00.00 WIB, “said the Minister of Communication and Information.

Even so with the socialization that has been delivered earlier, that the Black Market or Illegal Mobile Phones that have been circulating in Indonesia and were active before this rule was enacted, can still be done as usual.

That is, this rule only applies to new phones or will be active after the coming April 18, 2020.

“But the new one cannot be used and the registration will automatically be rejected,” he said.

The main purpose of this rule is not only to protect the state revenue, but also to protect users or consumers from the dangers that can be caused by non-standardized cellphones.

“This is done to protect the handheld industry – telephone equipment in the country, maintain state revenue and provide protection to consumers from the dangers of handhelds that do not meet safety standards,” he concluded.

Since October 18, 2019, the government has indeed been aggressively promoting this IMEI rule. They also appealed to BM cellphone sellers or distributors to immediately sell out their stock before April 18, 2020.

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