No mobile services for Rohingya refugees: BTRC

Women BD Desk:

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has directed all the mobile operators not to offer any mobile phone services to the Rohingya refugees and stop their services around the Rohingya camps.

In a common letter to four mobile operators, the BTRC yesterday directed them to stop selling SIMs among the Rohingya refugees and take proper action so that no Rohingyas can use mobile connections.

At the same time, the telecom regulator also asked the mobile operators to inform it about the development within the next seven days, the letter reads.

Besides, the BTRC has reiterated the same directive they issued in October last year asking all mobile operators to restrict their networks in the Bangladesh-Myanmar border areas as well as block networks in and around Rohingya camps.

Soon afterwards, complaints from subscribers in the areas started to pour in about the poor network quality, said a senior telecom executive, seeking anonymity.

Around 120 base stations in the border areas have been restricted under the directive, causing network disruption in Cox’s Bazar, the executive said.

Daily Women Bangladesh/BH

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