Addressing counterfeit, illegal, and stolen devices.

Device Identification, Registration, and Blocking System (DIRBS) is a server-based software platform that is intended to identify counterfeit, illegal, and stolen mobile devices in a country.

DIRBS open source platform.

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, has made the DIRBS software platform available as open source to assist governments, regulators and others in their efforts to combat the improper use of counterfeit, illegal and stolen devices on cellular networks. DIRBS software and documentation are available for download on GitHub.

Impact of counterfeit, illegal, and stolen devices.


Poor device performance and reliability; security and privacy issues


Loss of sales; unfair competition and pricing pressure


Low QoS; reduced network capacity and spectrum interference


Security issues; loss of tax revenue; non-compliant device ecosystem

Worldwide counterfeit device problem is massive

Counterfeiting resulted in ~184M global lost smartphone sales units in 2015 (or an estimated 12.9% in total worldwide sales)1

Regulatory framework for combatting counterfeiting & device theft.

Key aspects of the regulatory framework that governments need to ensure are in place

Requiring Type Approval

Mandating Device Registration

Providing Verification Systems

Granting Amnesty

Reporting Lost/Stolen Devices

Mandating Device Blocking

Additional Resources

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