BTRC shuts 1.25 lakh illegal handsets in 3 days...

Dhaka, Wednesday   27 October 2021

BTRC shuts 1.25 lakh illegal handsets in 3 days

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 12:23 PM, 6 October 2021   Updated: 08:15 PM, 6 October 2021

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Around 1.25 lakh mobile sets have been shut down in the first three days of the campaign to stop unregistered or illegal mobile sets in the country. 

The regulatory body Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) did not allow these handsets to be connected to the network as they were not registered in the National Equipment Identity Register (NEIR).

Confirming the matter, BTRC vice chairman Subrata Roy Maitra said the agency started the process of shutting down the unregistered mobiles from October 1. “No more unofficial or illegal handsets will be connected to the network,” he also said. 

Subrata Roy Maitra further said that BTRC started shutting down unregistered “new mobile handsets” from October 1, after three months of pilot activities.

Meanwhile, the BTRC said all the handsets connected to the network before October have been “automatically registered”. Even sets made by various companies in the country and mobile sets imported from abroad are stored in NEIR.

According to BTRC, a total of 3,49,652 sets were newly detected in their network in the first three days. Of these, 2,24,827 new mobiles have been added to the network, however, 1,24,861 handsets could not connect to the network.

The International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number of the mobile handset is stored in the BTRC database through the NEIR system. NEIR was launched experimentally from July 1 to September 30. Later, it was fully launched on October 1.

BTRC added that till September 30, IMEI numbers of about 44 crore handsets were automatically registered in the NEIR database, of this, about 22 crores have been activated in the network currently. About 22 crore valid handsets are waiting to be activated in the network. These are mainly legally produced and imported which are awaiting sale.