Unregistered mobiles being disconnected from today...

Dhaka, Tuesday   26 October 2021

Unregistered mobiles being disconnected from today

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 11:47 AM, 1 October 2021  

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The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has said that the decision to disconnect illegal or unregistered mobile phones will be implemented in the country from today.

BTRC Spectrum Division Director General Brigadier General Shahidul Alam told the media on Thursday.

He said the last three months had been a “trial period” for those who had illegal handsets. After verifying those sets, SMSs have been sent to those numbers for so long that “they are invalid”. However, even if it is effective from Friday, BTRC will take more time to “check and sort out” the unregistered phone sets - so that people can get used to this.

Regarding the closure of illegal sets, BTRC official Shahidul Alam said although they have started the process of stopping illegal sets from October 1, they have plans to implement this process “step by step” for the convenience of the users. Telecom operators will work with BTRC to manage these activities.

“We will start sending SMSs to illegal phone sets from Friday,” he said, informing that the BTRC will do this “experimentally” so that users can gradually get used to the subject. Besides sending SMSs, the activity of disconnecting the invalid set experimentally will also continue

If the set is unregistered, an SMS will be sent that the set is unregistered as soon as the SIM is inserted in it. That message will instruct the users to register the set within the specified time. If the set is not registered within the specified time, it will be disconnected.

“No final decision has been taken on how long a set will be disconnected after warning about the illegal set,” Shahidul Alam also said, explained that the BTRC plans to disconnect a handset after verifying whether it is unregistered or not. 

The BTRC says that if this rule comes into force, buying and selling of stolen sets will stop and the safety of users in using the set will be ensured.

It is learned that the National Equipment Identity Register (NEIR) was launched on July 1 to assist law enforcement agencies in the interest of national security. As a result, all illegal mobile phones will be disconnected from today, October 1.

Before purchasing the mobile, the BTRC requested customers to check the validity by sending an SMS – KYD and 15 digit IMEI number from the message option (example - KYD 123456789012345) – to 16002. 

Besides, it is specially requested to complete the registration through the website www.neir.btrc.gov.bd before using legally imported or purchased or gifted mobile phones.