Context: The Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR) system is scheduled for a pan-India launch on May 17. The Centre for Department of Telematics (CDoT) has been running the pilot project of the CEIR system in some of the telecom circles, including Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and the Northeast region.
Central Equipment Identity Register system:
- CEIR is the citizen-centric portal of the Department of Telecommunications for tracing lost/stolen mobile devices.
- This also facilitates for blocking of lost/stolen mobile devices in the network of all telecom operators so that lost/stolen devices can not be used in India. If anyone tries to use the blocked mobile phone, its traceability is generated. Once a mobile phone is found it may be unblocked on the portal for its normal use by the citizens.
Significance: Mobile users will be able to block and track their lost or stolen cell phones across India with the rollout of the tracking system.