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3-digit number to be introduced for all emergency services The government is looking to bring all emergency services under a three-digit short code platform, as in developed countries, by the first half of next year. At present, there are more than 50 short codes across the citizen services, including healthcare, telecom, disaster management, maternity and agriculture. For example, Grameenphone users can dial 102 to seek help from Bangladesh ... Read More »

BTRC to launch drive against pre-activated mobile phone SIM cards ‘soon’

Mobile phone SIM cards, pre-activated with biometric details, are reportedly being sold in several places in the country. In Magura, someone can buy such SIMs without providing his National ID card and fingerprints. The traders have only one condition – not to be named and no reactivation if the SIM is lost. “You understand…we don’t know the persons whose ... Read More »

Scope for biometric SIM re-registration remains An opportunity for bio-metric SIM re-registration still remains although the ongoing process ends in the middle of Tuesday night. According to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), The SIM, which is not already re-registered, will be closed automatically. But the user will have scope to re-register SIM by spending Tk 150 to 200. Read More »

Import duty discrimination bars local mobile industry

businessnews24bd.comlete mobile phone sets and its prime raw materials is the main hindrance to the emergence of mobile phone manufacturing industry in Bangladesh, also leading the local handset market worth of around Tk 10 billion to remain fully import dependent, the local entrepreneurs said. Bangladesh with over 160 million populations is a giant market for mobile phone industry. The entire ... Read More »

3cr SIMs still remain biometrically unverified Although three days are to go to expire the deadline of biometric SIM registration, over 3 crore SIMs are still remained unverified. As a last-ditch effort, the cellular phone operators have already announced big amounts of cash and prizes to ensure biometric verification of maximum number of SIMs. But, at the final moments, subscribers are facing difficulties of “connection ... Read More »

Retailers registering SIMs without subscribers’ knowledge: BTRC

BTRC says some retailers are registering mobile phone SIM cards without the subscribers’ knowledge by taking their fingerprints more than once during the biometric registration process, reports The telecom regulator has asked subscribers to guard against this latest kind of fraud. BTRC Director General (System and Services) Brig Gen Md Emdad ul Bari disclosed this on Wednesday at an ... Read More »

Mobile-phone operators get over 1 m new subscribers

The number of mobile-phone subscribers in Bangladesh has gone up by more than one million in a month, according to BTRC statistics, reports The increase has come after a sharp drop, by more than 2.8 million, between December-end 2015 and March 2016. Mobile phone operators have been blaming the government’s insistence on biometric registration and re-registration of SIM cards ... Read More »

Banglalink increases revenue Cellular phone operator Banglalink reported an increased revenue of Tk 1220 crore, up to 6 per cent in the first quarter of 2016. The rise was mainly driven by a 60 per cent increase in data revenue and a 3 percent increase in voice revenue compared with the first quarter of 2015. Second largest operator Banglalink came up with ... Read More »

BTRC approves Robi-Airtel merger The landmark merger of Robi and Airtel is inching closer to fruition after the telecom regulator gave it the green light on Wednesday. The merger proposal, which will make the combined entity the second largest mobile operator in Bangladesh, will be forwarded to the telecom division next week for final approval. According to a court order, the telecom watchdog ... Read More »

Govt to sign deal with Facebook to curb cyber crimes

IT Desk State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim on Tuesday said the government has taken an initiative to sign a deal with Facebook to prevent cyber crimes, especially the harassment of women on the social networking site. She came up with the disclosure while talking to reporters during a visit to Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission (BTRC) in ... Read More »