The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has announced that any illegal handset, which would be connected to the mobile network after July, would be disconnected.
However, the commission did not specify the exact date of implementing the regulatory decision.
A public notice issued on Monday said that the handsets with fake or cloned International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) bought after July would be disconnected from network by using National Equipment Identification Register (NEIR) being installed at the BTRC.
The telecom regulator, however, would allow all sorts of handsets including illegal and cloned ones to access to the network which would be connected to network till July 31 this year, an official of the commission said.
In case of bringing handsets to the country for personal purpose, the individual will have to give declaration in the port for using those.
Therefore, the BTRC has suggested customers to verify legality of handsets before purchasing and to collect invoice from the retailers.
To check IMEI validity, an individual will have to dial *#06# first to get 15-digit IMEI number of a handset. Then, a customer will have to send a SMS to 16002 in a BTRC-prescribed format — KYD space 15-digit IMEI number.
The return SMS will mention whether the handset is legal or illegal.