The regulator is insisting that actions be taken, as the operators are pressurizing retailers to increase SIM cards selling to grab more customers, said officials.
Talking to BSS, BTRC Chairman Shahjahan Mahmood on Saturday stated that they have no alternative to taking punitive measures to uphold the success of SIM verification using biometric system.
“We will fine heavily so operators don’t pressurize their retailers,” he vowed.
BTRC under the direct supervision of the posts and telecommunications division (PTD) concluded the five-month biometric SIM verification campaign successfully in May last year to ensure the actual ownership of mobile phone users.
But, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in an overnight drive on Thursday arrested private operator Banglalink’s zonal manager as well as owner and manager of its retailer M R Communication along with 58 sales agents for their involvement of using false information for selling new SIM cards.
During the raid to MR Communication’s office, RAB found its staff using false addresses, printing fake national ID cards, and attaching copies of them to SIM card registration forms in presence of the Banglalink zonal manager.