Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has extended by two months the deadline for revoking registration of mobile SIM cards users are holding beyond the allowable limit.
As per a BTRC directive issued on October 24 last year, an individual would be allowed to keep highest 15 SIMs registered against his or her national identification number.
Before the time extension, December 31 was the deadline for revoking registration of the extra SIMs.
An official of the commission said that the regulator extended the deadline so that mobile phone subscribers could avoid any sort of hassles in this connection.
On Wednesday, the telecom regulator issued a notice asking subscribers to revoke registration of SIM cards beyond the allowable limit by February 28, 2018.
The limit would be applicable for both pre-paid and post-paid SIM or RIM card registration.
The BTRC directive said customers would have to revoke registration of the additional SIM or RIM cards from the customer care centres of the operators, otherwise additional SIM or RIM cards would be deactivated by the regulator on random basis after the fresh deadline.
Corporate customers, however, have been exempted from the restriction.
Customers can know how many SIM or RIM cards are registered against his or her national identification number by dialling USSD code 16001 from their handsets.
They will have to provide the last four digits of their NID number in the process.
To this end, an instruction has already been given to the mobile phone operators for execution of the BTRC directive.
Earlier, on June 20, 2016, the BTRC had set the upper ceiling on SIM or RIM cards against an NID at 20, but in August it had lowered the limit to five before resetting it at 15.
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