BTRC to deactivate extra SIMs from early Friday

Published: April 25, 2019 19:31:17 | Updated: April 27, 2019 20:57:28

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is going to deactivate additional SIMs of those who have more than the permitted limit from Friday.

As per BTRC regulations, the limit for maximum SIM against a single national identity (NID) is 15.

The telecom regulator has identified a total of 2,049,927 additional SIM cards and will deactivate them within six hours after 12am (Thursday night), said BTRC Senior Director Jakir Hossain Khan told UNB.

BTRC Chairman Md Jahurul Haque said this move will ensure subscriber-friendly services and bring discipline in the telecom sector, expressing the hope that people will be able to receive better telecommunication services without any hindrance.

On June 20, 2016, BTRC fixed 20 SIMs to be registered against one NID card and later it reduced the number to five on August, 2017.

On October 24, 2017, the commission revised its decision and set the number at 15.

A subscriber can know how many SIM cards have been registered against his/her NID by dialing *16001# or by sending a SMS to 16001 typing the last four digits of the NID card.


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