14 Aug 2017
Sector watchdog the Supervisory Agency for Private Investment in Telecommunications (Organismo Supervisor de Inversion Privada en Telecommuniciones, Osiptel) has overseen the blocking of 901,931 ‘blacklisted’ mobile devices that had been reported stolen or lost. In July this year, the regulator had ordered cellcos to notify via SMS users whose devices had their International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) code on the blacklist, and block the equipment within the subsequent 24 hours. According to Osiptel, pre-paid specialist Bitel blocked the most devices by a substantial margin with 546,379 handsets being flagged on the blacklist. Claro, meanwhile, blocked 162,730, Movistar 143,174 and Entel 49,648.