BTRC enlists IMEI of 13.53cr handsets in database in 2 years

Staff Correspondent | Published: 19:29, Nov 25,2020 | Updated: 22:17, Nov 25,2020


The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has enlisted around 13.53 crore handsets in its NOC Automation and IMEI Database since its launch in January 2019 to facilitate checking of the legality status of handsets by customers before purchase.

The telecom regulator disclosed the information at an agreement signing ceremony with a joint venture entity — Synesis IT Limited, Radisson and Computer World — for installation of the National Equipment Identity Register System at its office in Dhaka on Wednesday.

BTRC officials at the event informed that installation of the system would be completed by March 2021.

BTRC’s NAID system and NEIR and telecom operators’ EIR system would work as an integrated system. NEIR would be directly connected to the telcos’ EIR system.

NEIR would give confirmation to the telcos’ EIR system about the authenticity of handsets, allowing the telecom operators to provide services to customers to access the network.

On November 5, the commission awarded the job of setting up the NEIR system to the joint venture entity at the cost of Tk 29.81 crore with a view to stopping illegal mobile handset usage which erodes the government’s revenue earnings from handset sales.

Once the system is installed, it would bar all kinds of illegal handsets or SIM-based devices from accessing telecom networks.

BTRC director general Brigadier General Md Shahidul Alam, vice-chairman Subrata Roy Maitra, director Lieutenant Colonel Mohammod Faisol and deputy director Zakir Hossain Khan, among others, were present at the event.

At the event, BTRC chairman Md Jahurul Haque said that the government would be able to earn an additional  Tk 4,000 crore in revenues once the installation of the NEIR system was complete.

He also expected that the joint venture company which had been assigned to install the system would be able to complete their task within the timeframe.

BTRC officials also informed that handsets, which would be brought into the country from abroad, would be activated through the NEIR web portal based on purchase documents.

Handsets which would be brought into the country from abroad and are received as gifts will be allowed to access the telecom network upon submission of adequate documents.

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