BTRC Asked Operators to Stop Mobile Network into Rohingya Camps

The BTRC has asked mobile operators to take necessary steps so that the Rohingya community does not get any mobile network facility. The regulatory body has sent instructions to mobile phone operators on Tuesday.

In 2016, the mobile companies were ordered to cover their network in the zero line of the Cox’s Bazar border.

In 2017, BTS was set up temporarily in Cox’s Bazar and Ukhaia areas considering the situation and state’s importance. Besides, the government has given special instructions in case of selling SIM on the border areas even Rohingya camp.

The then State  Minister for Telecommunication, Tarana Halim also warned the operators of selling the SIM to Rohingyas. In addition, operators were also asked to make special observations in this regard in the year 2017.

There is no way for selling SIM without biometric registration. The security organizations have information that Rohingya people are buying and using different SIM into camps without biometric registration.

Operators are requested not to avail network up to Myanmar border. The BTRC has asked the mobile operator not to provide any network to Rohingya people.

There are about 11 lakh Rohingya refugees in different areas including Cox’s Bazar Balukhali and Kutupalong Camp.