BTRC officials said the commission earlier this month approved a proposal in this regard and would send it to Post and Telecommunication Ministry for final nod
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission is set to complete by March the procurement of National Equipment Identity Register (NEIR), a system used to check use of fake handsets.
BTRC officials said the commission earlier this month approved a proposal in this regard and would send it to Post and Telecommunication Ministry for final nod.
“We have completed the technological evaluation and public opinion survey for NEIR. Based on that, a tender proposal was placed before the commission which was approved. Now after getting ministry nod we will start the process,” a senior BTRC official told Dhaka Tribune.
He said the telecom regulator was planning to complete the procurement by March.
"Already we set up the IMIE database. After installing the NEIR, we will be able to detect and disable fake or closed handsets,” he said.
The BTRC in a notice in July last year asked mobile phone users to check the authenticity of their mobile handsets before they purchased and warned that the Commission would disconnect the fake handsets once the NEIR would come into operation.
In the notice, the telecom regulator said if any mobile phone handset was found with clone or a wrong IMEI number, a unique number to mark a handset, it would be disconnected.
“Customers are advised to check the authenticity before buying handsets. In the message option of any phone, customers should type KYD15-digit IMEI number and send it to 16002 to get the proper information about the handset,” said the BTRC notice issued on July 29.
“Also, customers can know IMEI information by dialing *#06#,” reads the notice.
BTRC officials say the clone IMEI handsets come mostly through illegal channels and used for illegal activities as those could not be tracked.
In January this year, BTRC seized 700 mobile phone handsets, which were imported illegally, during raids on Eastern Plaza and Motalib Plaza shopping complexes in the capital.