Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has issued a directive setting highest number of SIM card registration against a national identification number at 15 instead of existing five.
The BTRC directive issued on Monday asked subscribers to revoke registration of SIM cards beyond the allowable limit within December 31, 2017.
The limit would be applicable for both pre-paid and post-paid SIM or RIM card registration.
The BTRC directive asked customers to revoke registration of the SIM or RIM cards from the customer care centres of the operators, otherwise additional SIM or RIM cards will be deactivated on random basis.
Corporate customers, however, were exempted from the embargo.
Customers will get the number of SIM or RIM cards registered against his or her national identification number by dialling USSD code 16001 from their handsets where providing the last four digits of their NID number would be a must.
To this end, instruction has already been given to the mobile phone operators for execution of the BTRC directive.
“We’ve asked the people who have more than 15 SIMs against a national or any other ID card to deactivate the excess SIMs spontaneously by December 31,” BTRC Chairman Shahjahan Mahmood told BSS Tuesday.
“If they (people) fail to comply with the directive, we will deactivate the individual’s excess SIMs randomly,” said the regulatory body chief.
Earlier on June 20 last year, BTRC had set a ceiling of 20 SIMs against a national ID, but later in August in the same year had fixed maximum five SIMs revising the previous decision.
Again on October 24 this year, the regulator revisited the decision and fixed the ceiling of 15 SIMs against a national ID.
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