BTRC officials said mobile handset users were advised to buy new handset after checking the authenticity of the set from August 1
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission on Wednesday backtracked on its earlier decision and said network disconnection of the fake handset would not start on August 1.
BTRC officials said mobile handset users were advised to buy new handset after checking the authenticity of the set from August 1.
‘Confusion was created among the users that we might start disconnecting fake handsets on August 1. But that is not the case. We would do so after the National Equipment Identity Register will come into operation,’ BTRC senior assistant director Zakir Hossain Khan said.
He said the commission would give necessary information to the mobile handset users in appropriate time.
Earlier on Monday, the telecom regulator in a notice said clone mobile phone handset would be barred from network connectivity from August 1.
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 through National Equipment Identity Register.
‘Customers are advised to check the authenticity before buying handsets. In the message option of any phone, customers should type KYD<space>15-digit IMEI number and send it to 16002 to get the proper information about the handset.
Also, customers can know IMEI information by dialing *#06#,’ reads the notice.
BTRC officials said the installment of the NEIR under process and might come into operation during the end of the year.