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SIM re-registration process begins

Update : 13 Sep 2015, 06:38 PM

The re-registration process of mobile phone SIM cards has begun since yesterday as per the directives of Post and Telecommunications Division.

Mobile operators have started sending their clients’ data to the Election Commission (EC) as part of the government plan to prepare a subscribers’ database to rein in criminal activities.

Mobile phones are being largely used to commit criminal activities nowadays.

Shamit Shahabuddin, head of Public Relations and Communications, Airtel, said  his company sent their subscribers’ data to the EC, abiding by the Post and Telecommunications Division’s directives.     

After the meeting with all mobile operator CEOs on September 10, State Minister for Post and Telecommunications, Tarana Halim, issued directives to all mobile phone operators to start the process of SIM re-registration from September 13. The state minister added that the users would get three months time to have their SIM cards re-registered, and after that all unregistered SIMs would be blocked.

According to the latest BTRC statistics, there are 128.7m active mobile phone subscribers in Bangladesh. Ekram Kabir, vice-president of Robi, told the Dhaka Tribune they have shared  their customers’ details with the Election Commission yesterday.

An official of Banglalink said they also sent their clients data to EC the previous day through a CD. The EC official received their database. 

The EC, however, said it didn’t get the customers’ data of any mobile operators till 3:00pm yesterday.

“We are ready to provide verification services for all mobile operators as the state minister asked the EC to facilitate the process without the signing of Memorandum of understanding (MoU) with mobile operators,” said Shirajul Islam,  EC secretary.  

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