All unregistered mobiles to be disconnected from Friday: BTRC

All unregistered mobiles to be disconnected from Friday: BTRC


Published: 19:55 30 September 2021  

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The Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has said that unregistered mobile phones will be disconnected from Friday (October 1). At the same time, from now on, if any unregistered mobile is produced or imported or bought or sold, action will be taken as per the Telecommunication Act.

This information was given in a press release sent to the media on Thursday.

It said that BTRC has ensured the receipt or delivery of various government services through registration of each mobile phone by tagging with NID card and registered SIM card, ensuring collection of government revenue by stopping the use of illegally produced or imported mobiles, prevention of theft and misuse of used mobiles.

It is learned that the National Equipment Identity Register (NEIR) was launched on July 1 to assist law enforcement agencies in the interest of national security. As a result, all illegal mobile phones will be disconnected from tomorrow, October 1.

Before purchasing the mobile, the BTRC requested customers to check the validity by sending an SMS – KYD and 15 digit IMEI number from the message option (example - KYD 123456789012345) – to 16002. 

Besides, it is specially requested to complete the registration through the website before using legally imported or purchased or gifted mobile phones.

At the same time, a special request is being made not to buy unregistered mobiles from any importer or seller. If a seller sells an illegal mobile, the price of the mobile has to be “refunded” as per the demand of the buyer, the BTRC added. 

BTRC vice-chairman Subrata Roy Maitra said the handset would be automatically switched off by sending an SMS to an unregistered mobile subscriber from Friday (October 1). The customer will be informed through the SMS - “The handset is invalid, will be disconnected shortly”.