The mobile phone handsets which have been imported illegally will be deactivated once the database for handsets’ IMEI numbers will become functional, state minister for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim said on Tuesday.
‘IMEI [International Mobile Equipment Identity] database for mobile handsets has already been prepared and now we will start the process of deactivating the mobile handsets which will be brought to the country through illegal channels,’ she said.
She, however, did not mention the exact date of starting the deactivation process.
IMEI of a mobile handset is a 15-digit unique number to identify the mobile phone brand name, model and manufacturing place.
Mobile phone operators use the IMEI numbers to identify valid devices and the use of the number also allow the operators stopping a stolen phone from accessing network.
Bangladesh Mobile Phone Importers Association (BMPIA) and Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) initiated the process of developing IMEI database in 2016.
Meanwhile, mentioning her ministry’s plan to introduce modern technology to the Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited, the state minister said, ‘initiative is being taken to develop a mechanism to divert calls to mobile phone automatically after entering a call to BTCL number two or three times if it is not received.’
Expressing her optimism to introduce 4G mobile service from December amid different amendment proposals of the operators on spectrum auction, Tarana said that the mobile phone operators will definitely participate in the bidding for spectrum auction.
The state minister also expressed her concern over the non disbursement of Tk 610 crore for Teletalk’s network expansion in last two years despite the approval from the Executive Committee of National Economic Council.
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