National Telecommunication Monitoring Centre


BTRC to block 30 lakh SIMs for breaching rules

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission is set to block 30 lakh SIMs without any prior notice as their owners had registered more than 15 SIMs against one national card. At present, one national ID card can have at most 15 mobile connections on it. Earlier on December 31, 2017 the government gave a two-month timeframe for subscribers to deactivate their excess SIM cards.

“But the response was low,” said a top official of the telecom division related with the process. The BTRC used its main server, where all the mobile operators are connected, to detect that about five lakh NID cards had registered more than 15 SIM cards each.Now, violators will have their SIM cards blocked at random without getting any prior notice, said the official.
The SIM blocking process will start soon, he said, adding that state-owned Teletalk might be spared.

  • 02 March 2018