SIM cards with NID only

SIM cards with NID only


The mobile-phone subscribers who are unable to produce their national ID cards for biometric registration of SIMs will be able to use them for six months only.Telecom regulator Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) will block their SIM cards after the expiry of the six-month period.The beginning and the end of that time frame will vary for subscribers of different service providers.The BTRC disclosed this at the launching of the biometric registration system at its office on Wednesday.Commission Director General Md Emdad ul Bari said, “SIM cards of those who don’t have NIDs or are unable to take NIDs for a valid reason will be kept active for six months.Their services will be blocked if they fail to get their NIDs by then,” he added.The BTRC sent a letter to six mobile-phone operators on Dec 13, unveiling the biometric verification plan.The letter said, “National ID cards are a must for mobile-phone connection registration/verification/re-activiation/re-registration/replacement/deactivation, etc., in the biometric verification system.But if a user does not have an NID card for a valid reason s/he can be provided a connection for six months against her/his passport/driving licence/birth registration.“The connection will be blocked if they fail to submit the NID card within the stipulated time,” it added.

The letter said expatriate Bangladeshis could go through the verification process by producing their passports and foreign nationals working in Bangladesh by showing their passports and work permits issued by the Board of Investment.These two categories of subscribers cannot get their biometric done at the retail level; they must go to the offices of the phone operators whose services they wish to avail.State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim formally inaugurated the biometric SIM registration system at the BTRC office on Wednesday.It had been soft launched earlier by Prime Minister’s ICT Advisor Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy on Oct 21.


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