March 24, 2015
In Colombia, more than a million cell phones are stolen a year, an average of 2,700 per day or one every 30 seconds, but only about 18 thousand complaints are registered annually, according to the International Association of Mobile Operators (Gsma, for its acronym in English). ).
According to Asomóvil, a union of telecommunications operators (Claro, Movistar, Tigo-Une), per month about 350 thousand computers reported by users or identified by the detection and blocking process carried out by the same companies are blocked.
And although in Colombia there are no official figures on the economic impact of this scourge, it is estimated that in the country there are about 10,000 stores dedicated to the informal sale of cell phones and their spare parts.
Faced with the growing transnational problems, the operators share with the Gsma their Negative Database, in which they register the unique serial numbers of the International Mobile Device Identifier (Imei, for its acronym in English) of the blocked phones. This is to prevent them from being marketed in other markets.
As part of Gsma’s Latin American campaign “We Care”, brought to Colombia last February, the operators promised to deliver their Negative Base records to the Police so that, with the support of the Prosecutor’s Office, prosecution could be facilitated.
In addition, the director for Latin America of Gsma, Sebastián Cabello, said that through a web page the same users will be able to report and upload information about their stolen terminals, since today only the authorities and operators can do so.
Information is reported to this database by 40 operators from 18 countries around the world, including Mexico, the United States and Ecuador.
Now Colombia, through the Foreign Ministry, is seeking Venezuela to join, according to the Minister of Information Technologies and Communications, Diego Molano Vega.
via An alliance to prevent theft is born.
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