Phone registration system launches in March

21 Feb 2014

From March 2014 every mobile phone in Ecuador must be registered in a new system jointly developed and managed by the National Customs Service (Senae) and the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Supertel), it was announced by Senae’s director Xavier Cardenas, quoted by local newspaper El Universo. The system is designed to prevent smuggling and the activation of stolen handsets, and allows only the activation of legally registered phones on the linked Senae/Supertel system. As reported by TeleSemana, director of Ecuador’s Association of Telecommunications Companies (Asetel), Roberto Aspiazu said that market demand existed for roughly 3.5 million new phones per year, but with allocated quota restrictions imposed in June 2012 the availability of new units was reduced to two million, and the unmet demand created space for an illegal device market.