DHAKA : State Minister for Posts and Tele-communications Tarana Halim on Tuesday said the re-registration of SIMs through biometric verification system will start in November on an experimental basis.
All the mobile operators will launch the service in their respective customer care centers from November on an experimental basis while the work on re-registration will begin in December, said the junior minister.
Tarana Halim came up with the information while talking to reporters after a meeting with the CEOs of all mobile telecom operators, authorities concerned of National Identity Card (NID) and the Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission (BTRC) at the Secretariat.
She said the mobile telecom operators, as per the government’s direction, have so far provided the data of 6,179 subscribers whose SIMs have been registered in a proper way.
Besides, she also said, it was found during verification that 14,117 SIMs have been registered against a single NID card which is also fake.
Tarana asked the officials to be alert against the fake NID and SIM card users as the people who used fake SIM cards might be involved in militant activities, extortion and criminal activities.
The state minister said six mobile telecom operators in the country have been providing their subscribers lists to the NID registration wing for verifications. Of the mobile operators, Airtel has so far provided the data of 14.4 lakh users, while Banglalink, Citycell, GP, Robi and Teletalk provided the data of 23.55 lakh, 4.14 lakh, 22 lakh, 18.11 lakh and 16.59 lakh users respectively, which is 7.65 percent of the total subscribers across the country.
Earlier, the government decided to introduce biometric system to prevent forgery in the registration of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) for cellphones.