Handsets can now be authenticated and tracked if their IMEI numbers are included in the databank
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on Tuesday launched the NOC Automation and IMEI Database (NAID) services to prevent the import of illegal cell phones.
Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar on Tuesday officially inaugurated the service at BTRC headquarters in Dhaka.
The database has been launched with the financial help of the Bangladesh Mobile Phone Importers’ Association (BMPIA).
"It will prevent in-flow of illegal phones to the local market and eventually will increase the sector’s revenue as well as prevent phone thefts in the country," he added.
Customers intending to purchase a device can get the 15-digit IMEI number by dialling *#06# from the handset.
Handsets can now be authenticated by sending an SMS with the IMEI to 16002.
The telecom regulator has already built a database of International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number of mobile sets which have been legally imported since January 2018.
Earlier on Monday, Zakir Hossain Khan, BTRC senior assistant director said that with the BTRC database, users will be able to track their stolen phones if their IMEI numbers are included in the databank.
Acting Secretary of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministry Ashok Kumar Biswash, BTRC Chairman Jahurul Haque, BMPIA president Ruhul Alam Mahbub and other top officials of the ministry, among others, were present at the launching ceremony.