BTRC launches NEIR

Staff Correspondent

2 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Telecommuni-cation Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on Thursday launched the National Equipment Identity Register (NEIR) system to curb the use of illegal and fake handsets.

Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar virtually inaugurated the system in the morning, said a press release.

Speaking on the occasion, the minister termed the initiative a historic milestone. “Along with the massive advancement of telecommunication technology, digital crimes have also increased drastically. If such things go unaddressed, the situation can take a serious turn with an increase in the use of fake handsets and digital offences,” he said.

“We’ve launched the NEIR system to address these challenges,” he said.

The minister directed the authorities concerned to remain extremely vigilant so that people do not suffer at all due to the newly introduced system. “The NEIR is practically one of the tools to keep the country’s people safe from fraudulence,” he said.

Posts and Telecommunications Division Secretary Afzal Hossain, Teletalk Managing Director Md Shahab Uddin and Grameenphone Chief Executive Officer Yasir Azman, among others, spoke at the inauguration function with BTRC Chairman Shyam Sunder Sikder in the chair.

On May 13, 2019, the minister at a meeting directed the authorities concerned to introduce NEIR system in the country.

Through the installation of the NEIR system, all unregistered and fake phones will be disconnected from the country’s mobile networks.