Indonesia and Qualcomm collaborate on tracking black market

Indonesia and Qualcomm collaborate in the construction of the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) data center to track black markets. The Ministry of Industry of Indonesia and Qualcomm have signed a partnership to build data centers, consumer protection and combat illegal trafficking in which both said the cooperation as part of investment in research and development.

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Indonesia and Qualcomm collaborated on the data center construction of the number of electronic communications device identities as an effort to combat illegal mobile phones by 12 million units each year circulating in Indonesia and has caused more than Rp1 trillion (US$75 million) in annual losses.

"We will process databse related IMEI smartphones, we will also work with the Ministry of Communications and Information to process the data. If the data will be processed," said Minister of Industry, Airlangga Hartarto, Thursday.

Data show the value of mobile imports in 2015 of about US$2.2 billion in 37.1 million units and decreased to US$773.8 million in 18.4 million units in 2016. While the domestic mobile phone production of 24.8 Million units in 2015 and rose to 25 million units in 2016.

Illegal mobile phones are not only black market, but also counterfeit or counterfeit phones that resemble original designs. In addition to the potential to eliminate data collection and hamper the growth of legal producers, illegal mobile phones are also often used to carry out cyber crime and terrorism activities.

The ministry and Qualcomm said it will jointly banish the black market by applying the Device Identification, Registration, and Blocking System (DIRBS) developed by Qualcomm. This system has the ability to control cellular network access through IMEI number.

"From this partnership, we do not focus on the benefits of the business side. We want to bring technology into every country, also want to improve consumer user experience. This cooperation is also our effort to ensure consumers are protected," said Country Director Qualcomm Indonesia, Shannedy Ong.

Qualcomm's support in combating illegal mobile phone circulation in Indonesia and making it a long-term project is also driven by a number of global associations, including GSMA which sees it as a threat to various related industries in the world. Indonesia and Qualcomm collaborate on tracking black market

This partnership is aligned with Qualcomm's focus since its foundation and has invested heavily in research and development divisions. Senior Director of Qualcomm Technology Licensing, Mohammad Raheel Kamal, said it has invested 20 percent of revenues for research and development.

Since the beginning of 2000, Qualcomm has invested a total of US$40 million, for research and development. This cooperation with the Ministry of Industry is part of the budget for research and development.

Qualcomm also mentioned in the future will also work with mobile operators in Indonesia for IMEI devices. Operators also play a significant role in the implementation. This project deals with various agencies and institutions, including ministries in Indonesia.

"We first trace mobile phones that have an unauthorized IMEI, like cloning or counterfeit.On six months we can know the structure of more than 500 million IMEI we have collected since 2013," said Director General at the Ministry of Industry, I Gusti Putu Suryawirawan.

Suryawirawan said the cooperation process in the cultivation, testing, and software before include the Ministry of Information Communications and Customs Board. The plan of this project will mature in the next six months.