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Cellcos get show cause letters over unused money of deactivated SIMs

DHAKA, March 14, 2017 (BSS) - Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has issued show cause letters to five mobile phone operators as they failed to deposit the unused money and database of deactivated SIMs.

The operators are Banglalink, Robi, Airtel, Citycell and Teletalk, said officials. Airtel has now merged with Robi.

The show cause letters, issued by BTRC Senior Assistant Director Sunjib Kumer Singha, under section 64 (1) of the Telecommunication Act, 2001 to the operators separately said they (operators) are acting in a manner that has the effect of violation of provisions of the Act.

Last month, the operators were asked to deposit the money along with database within next seven days.

The operators were asked to give explanation within 10 days for the non-compliance. But, the operators are yet to comply with the directive of regulator.

"On violation of the orders, the Commission will take necessary action under the relevant laws," cautioned the show cause letter.

Replying to a query, an official of BTRC legal and licensing division told BSS that the law has given full authority to take any punitive measures if they (operators) fail to comply with the regulator's directive.

The section 64(1) has given seven days to the operators to reply or face "injunction", he added.

On January 31 this year, the regulator has decided to allow the reselling of mobile SIMs or RUIMs, which have been deactivated on or before 2008 due to improper re-registration.

At the same time, it will also allow the reselling of SIMs or RUIMs that have been deactivated on or before 2014 through SIM Box detection or self-regulation of the mobile operators.

To this end, BTRC directed the operators to deposit the unused money and database of the deactivated SIMs within ten days.

Only market leader Grameenphone deposited the unused money of Taka 9.36 crore for 25 lakh SIMs that was deactivated due to improper re-registration or by the self-regulation.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)