BTRC wins UN award for biometric SIM registration

Staff Correspondent

19 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has won United Nations award for developing central biometric verification monitoring platform (CBVMP).

The award was given at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2021, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

ITU is a United Nations specialized agency responsible for information and communication technologies.

ITU secretary general Houlin Zhao was the chief guest at the award ceremony while Bangladesh Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar joined the event on Tuesday. 

It broadcasted a recorded speech from the Bangladesh Prime Minister’s ICT Advisor Sajeeb Wazed Joy, said BTRC chairman Shyam Sunder Sikder at a press conference in Dhaka.

BTRC Systems and Service Division Director General Brigadier General Nasim Parvez made an overview on the CBVMP system.  BTRC won the award in Action Line category.

WSIS awards are considered as the most prestigious recognition in information and communication technology. The biometric CBVMP is developed to ensure accountability of every active mobile connection in the country along with user’s recognition and to prevent criminal activities like extortion, intimidation and harassment over mobile phones.

Shyam Sunder Sikder said, “The WSISI is the most prestigious recognition for the technological innovations across the globe and BTRC has set a benchmark by winning the award.”

The CBVMP system integrated mostly with the national identification database alongside of input with passport, birth certificate and driving license.

“There are 99.75 percent information of CBVMP comes from NID, 0.16 percent from passport data and 0.8 percent from birth certificate.  The system helps the identifications of mobile connection users immediately,” Brigadier General Nasim Parvez, director general of BTRC.

He said the CBVMP system reflects couple of sustainable development goals which kept the project in race and finally helped win the awards.

The government rolled out the CBVMP system in mid-2017 aiming to bring good governance in telecommunications sector in Bangladesh and curb the usage of anonymous connections.