BTRC to block illegal mobile phones

Staff Correspondent | Published: 18:49, Jan 07,2021


Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission said that no illegal mobile phones would be allowed to be used in the country after the launch of National Equipment Identification Registrar on July 1, 2021.

The telecom regulator came up with the announcement on Thursday at a press briefing held at its headquarters in the city.

However, it would still allow the mobile phones that got connected prior to the launch. 

BTRC chairman Shyam Sunder Sikder said that the commission had targeted to launch the NEIR on July 1 this year.

After the launch of the system no handsets imported illegally would be allowed to be used in the country’s telecom network, the commission chairman said.

The commission had installed the NEIR system with a view to prevent illegal handsets from accessing mobile phone network.

The commission’s director general Md Nasim Parvez said that the commission would take all the measures so that the people do not face any hassle.

As per the BTRC data, 7.19 crore handsets were already registered with the BTRC’s IMEI database and the database had around 14 crore IMEI numbers.

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