BTRC to block 3m SIMs in breach of rules

5 Mar 2018

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is set to block three million SIMs belonging to subscribers that currently have more than 15 SIMs registered against one national ID card. On 31 December 2017 the government gave a two-month timeframe for subscribers to deactivate their excess SIM cards, though a top official of the telecom division said that the ‘response was low’. The SIM blocking process will start soon, he said.

TeleGeography notes that a fingerprint-based biometric verification system – checking the fingerprint data associated with a national identity card – was adopted in December 2015, with a maximum of 15 SIMs allowed to be linked to one ID card (20 SIMs prior to October 2017).

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