Govt revokes network shutdown order along border areas

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The government has withdrawn its order to mobile telecommunication operators to shut down their networks along the border with India.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on Wednesday revoked the order and asked all the mobile phone operators to restore the mobile networks.

BTRC Senior Assistant Director Md Zakir Hossain Khan said: “We have sent an email to all operators to withdraw the previous order and restore the mobile networks [in the border areas].”

On receiving a letter from the BTRC issued on Sunday, mobile phone operators suspended their networks within 1km of the Bangladesh-India border on Monday.

In the letter, the telecom regulator issued directive to Grameenphone, Teletalk, Robi and Banglalink, and said network coverage along the border with India would have to remain suspended until further notice “for the sake of the country’s security in the current circumstances.”

Operators closed around 2,000 base transceiver stations (BTSs) soon after the regulator’s directive came.

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