Illegal mobile handsets are being shut down
Telecommunications regulator BTRC is set to begin implementing technology to stop illegal and counterfeit mobile handsets early next year. When the technology is introduced, these handsets in the hands of the customer will not have any operator’s SIM. The regulator is going to implement this technology almost 8 years after taking the initiative in 2012.
BTRC chairman Zahurul Haque told the media, “The tender process for the supply and operation of the National Equipment Identity Register (NEIR) technology to stop illegal mobile handsets is nearing completion. The implementation of this technology will start from the beginning of next year.The BTRC chairman said a total of 11 crore 82 lakh 23 thousand 83 IMEI numbers have been added to the database by 2018, 2019 and August 2020. The database has been created with information from mobile phone importers, operators and handset manufacturers in the country.
Asked what will happen to the handsets that were sold before 2016 and the IMEI numbers were not added to the database if the NEIR is launched, the BTRC chief said, ‘Regarding the import of handsets from abroad, he said, “In that case, the receipt of purchase and related worksheets have to be kept.” If NEI is introduced later, the necessary documents will be reviewed and those IMEIs will have the opportunity to register.The BTRC said that if this process starts, no SIM other than the one initially specified in the invalid handset will work. No SIM will work after the specified time. As a result, customers will be forced to stop using fake or illegal handsets.
Illegal Smartphone are being shut down
Although there are no official figures, as traders, there are currently around three crore illegal handsets in the hands of people in the country. The BTRC has been taking steps to prevent the loss of revenue by ensuring the legitimacy of counterfeit mobile sets, illegal imports, theft, health risks and counterfeit handsets and ensuring security. According to the draft guidelines, operators will create this database with EMI numbers of all mobile handsets in accordance with their licensing policies.
An EMI number is a unique 15-digit number that resides on a valid mobile phone. Pressing * # 06 # on the keypad of a mobile phone, this special identification number of that mobile phone floats on the screen. Once the operators create the EIR, it will be linked to the National EIR (NEIR). As a result, BTRC will be able to easily monitor the EIR of all operators. EIR and NEIR will be real time synchronization i.e. as soon as the data is connected to EIR it will be transferred to NEIR.
The initial decision was to keep the counterfeit or illegal handsets in the hands of the customer for a specified SIM for up to six months after starting the process. In other words, it will be registered through the SIM in which the mobile will be activated. After six months no fake, illegally imported or clone handset SIM will work.
Mobile Handset Importers Association Bangladesh Mobile Phone Importers Association (BMPIA) Joint Secretary. Mezbah Uddin told the media, ‘EMEI data of what is being made and imported in the country is being submitted to BTRC. Everyone is now uploading to the database. If NEIR starts, if illegal handsets are stopped, the opportunities for legitimate traders will increase. ‘
BTRC has repeatedly warned that before buying a mobile handset, the validity of the set has to be verified through IMEI. You have to take the receipt of purchase of the handset from the seller.
The method of verifying the validity of the mobile phone is to go to the message option of the mobile phone and enter the KYD space 15 digit IMEI number and send it to 16002. The IMEI of the respective handset can be immediately known from the printed sticker on the packet of the mobile phone or by dialing * # 06 #.