BTRC to block over 2m SIMs today

Special Correspondent

25th April, 2019 09:55:37 printer

BTRC to block over 2m SIMs today

Bangladesh Telecom-munication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) will deactivate additional SIMs over 15 that a subscriber can use against a single NID, BTRC chairman confirmed on Thursday. 

The regulator has identified a total of 2,049,927 such SIM cards which will be deactivated within six hours after 12am on Friday.

The Association of the Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh (AMTOB) on Wednesday has requested to extend the deactivation of SIM per NID.

But, the BTRC rejected the request. 

As per the latest BTRC decision, a subscriber is allowed to register maximum 15 SIM cards against his/her NID card.

BTRC Chairman Md Jahurul Haque said it’s not required to keep more than 15 SIMs against a single NID. 

The BTRC move will ensure subscriber friendly services and bring discipline in the telecom sector, he said.

On June 20, 2016, BTRC fixed 20 SIMs to be registered against one NID card and later it reduced the number to five on August, 2017.

On October 24, 2017, the commission revised its decision and set the number at 15.