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The devil is in the detail on Indonesia's efforts to curb illegal cell phones

  • Rachmadea Aisyah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, August 5, 2019   /  07:30 pm
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The Communications and Information Ministry, the Industry Ministry and the Trade Ministry are each set to issue a ministerial regulation to enhance their supervision over the cell phone market.(Shutterstock/File)

  Rachmadea Aisyah The Jakarta Post/Jakarta   A plan by three ministries to issue regulations aiming to combat illegal cell phone sales in Indonesia faces a long list of technical challenges, raising concerns among industry players and consumers that the law will only demonstrate the authority’s lack of preparation. The Communications and Information Ministry, the Industry Ministry and the Trade Ministry are each set to issue a ministerial regulation to enhance their supervision over the cell phone market by validating the gadgets through their International Mobile Equipment Identity Code (IMEI). The government expects to issue the regulations on Aug. 17, the day Indonesia celebrates its Independence Day. As of early August, all the ministries involved remained confident the regulations would be issued on time. A six-month transition period for all ...