Three million unregistered mobile users face cut-off

8 May 2008

Unregistered mobile phone users will face disconnection next month as Bangladesh’s telecoms regulator announced there will be no extension of its latest re-registration deadline, reports local newspaper The Daily Star. ‘The re-registration deadline [of 31 May] won’t be extended anymore,’ Manzurul Alam, chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission (BTRC), told press. There are reportedly up to three million customers yet to re-register their phones, around 2.7 million of them subscribers to the country’s largest operator GrameenPhone. The BTRC said it will order operators to disconnect all un-registered connections after the end of May, with accounts only to be restored if a ‘satisfactory reason’ is given for missing the deadline. In August last year the BTRC issued an order to GrameenPhone, AKTEL, Banglalink, Citycell and Teletalk to re-register customers who bought connections before 28 February 2006 but has since extended its deadline four times. In August-April the mobile operators were able to re-register around seven million, or 70%, of the necessary subscriptions. According to the latest figures from the regulator, Bangladesh was home to 38.93 million mobile users at the end of March 2008, with GrameenPhone the clear market leader with around 17.8 million subscribers.

Bangladesh , GrameenPhone (GP)

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