The Ministry of Posts and Telecom has taken a strict stance against SIM card related crimes. Steps have been taken to confirm the identity of SIM card users, and SIM registration with National ID card as well as biometric scanning have been initiated as part of the process.
The NID Registration Wing has already scrutinized 57 lac SIM cards and found a whopping 40 lac cards among these to be either fake or unregistered.
NID sources have confirmed that the number of fake SIM cards is so high that just one single NID card (reg. number 19844425883698712) was found to have been used for registering a staggering 6,858 SIM cards.
In fact, it was found that 50 SIM cards were used to register 2000 SIM cards on average. And Grameenphone, the country’s leading telco, was found to have the most fake SIM cards.
Such information has quite understandably alarmed the concerned authorities including law enforcement agencies. As a result, given the circumstances, the government is likely to undertake new steps to ensure proper registration of SIM cards.
A meeting between Telecom State Minister Tarana Halim and chief executives of telcos has been called to resolve complications regarding collaboration between telecom operators and NID Wing on using information from national ID cards.
In other news, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has approved mobile number portability and a copy of the official approval has already been received by the Post and Telecom Ministry. Thus, very soon, subscribers will be able to switch between operators without having to change their existing mobile phone numbers.
Currently, there are a total of 12 crore 87 lac 69 thousand mobile phone subscribers in the country, and all these subscriptions will be verified gradually. At the first step of verification, customers will not be involved. Following bulk verification, NID will inform BTRC and the telecom ministry about the SIM cards which were found to be fake/ incorrectly registered.
Users of these SIMs with problems will then be sent a text message informing them of their necessary actions. If they fail to respond, their numbers will be blocked permanently.