DHAKA: Bangladesh government suspend 3G and 4G mobile internet services in the Rohingya camps located in Ukhiya and Teknaf upazilas of Cox’s Bazar citing country’s security grounds.
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) issued the directive to mobile phone operators on Monday (September 9).
The mobile phone operators have stopped the service from Tuesday (September 10) after receiving instructions.
Earlier, on September 3, Operators had been asked to stop the sale of SIM cards in the camps in Teknaf and Ukhiya and shut down 3G and 4G network connections between 5:00pm and 6:00am local time.
BTRC Senior Assistant Director (Media Wing) Zakir Hossain Khan told Banglanews, "This directive has been given on security grounds. Operators must comply with the BTRC directive. At that time, the technical work of mobile operators will be maintained without 3G and 4G. This situation will continue till further instruction”.
Only voice calls and SMS can be sent over the 2G service. Video calls will not be possible due to 3G and 4G service turned off.
There were allegations that Rohingya were collecting unauthorized SIM cards and using them for various criminal activities. Earlier, the BTRC had directed operators to shut down the mobile network for Rohingya following the minister's orders.
BDST: 1526 HRS, SEP 11, 2019