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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, 2013/09/30 - SaskTel today announced the launch of its Lost and Stolen Mobile Devices Service to reduce the theft of SaskTel mobile devices in Saskatchewan reported as lost or stolen as of September 30 and beyond - SaskTel.com.
As a member of both the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), and the CWTA Handset Security Working Group, SaskTel has made a commitment to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to black-list reported lost or stolen mobile devices.
“SaskTel is committed to minimizing handset device theft within our province and the country and we are pleased to offer our customers the ability to report lost or stolen devices,” said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO. “Black-listing lost and stolen devices will essentially eliminate the black market for stolen devices in Canada and the U.S. by reducing the value of mobile devices for criminals.”
SaskTel, along with all Canadian wireless carriers and participating U.S. wireless carriers will interconnect with the GSM Association (GSMA) database to blacklist IMEIs (International Mobile Equipment Identifier of 4G/4G LTE devices) that have been reported lost or stolen. The CWTA website ProtectYourData.ca will allow anyone to check the IMEI of a device to see if it is black-listed in Canada. If the IMEI number has been blacklisted, that device will not be able to be used on any Canadian network.
SaskTel has deployed an Equipment Identity Register (EIR) on its network to keep its own internal list of black-listed IMEIs. The EIR will connect to the IMEI database to share the latest list of black-listed devices with other carriers. The IMEI database takes black-list data from all Canadian and U.S. carriers that subscribe to the GSMA and compiles into one national black-list registry. When the SaskTel EIR downloads the latest black-list, all devices reported as lost or stolen by other carriers up to the previous day would also be capable of being blocked on the SaskTel network.
Customers can call 1-800-667-6870, visit a Corporate Store, or a SaskTel Authorized Dealer to inquire as to whether or not a mobile device has been blacklisted, add a device to the blacklist should it be lost or stolen, or remove a device from the blacklist should it be found.
Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (SaskTel.com) is the leading full service communications provider in Saskatchewan, with $1.2 billion in annual revenue and over 1.4 million customer connections including over 607,000 wireless accesses, 492,000 wireline network accesses, 250,000 internet accesses and 97,000 Max™ (TV) subscribers. SaskTel offers a wide range of communications products and services including competitive voice, data, internet, entertainment, security monitoring, messaging, cellular, wireless data and directory services. In addition, SaskTel International offers software solutions and project consulting in countries around the world. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs).