Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | ePaper
Mobile operators asked not to sell pvt SIM to Rohingyas
State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim on Saturday said, the government will take action against private mobile operators if they have sold SIM to Rohingyas.
The state owned mobile operator Teletalk only will set up 2G mobile network and service booths at Rohingya camps so that they can get communication facility.
The work of setting up Teletalk booths will start within three days in the refugee camps, she said after a meeting with Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) officials on control and monitoring of SIM card usage by Rohingyas.
"2G network will be provided for the Rohingya refugees to facilitate their communication inside the country (Bangladesh)," she said.
"We have come to know that some Rohingyas are already using Bangladeshi SIM cardsÂ sold to them by someone which is a punishable offence", she said.
The government will operate mobile courts against the offenders. They will be fined if found selling SIM, she added.
"We have brought the use of mobile phones under a system through biometric registration to prevent all kinds of offensive activities." she said.
Representative and top officials of BTRC, the home ministry, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), National Telecommunication Monitoring Centre (NTMC) were also present at the meeting.