BTRC blocks 3G, 4G services in Rohingya camp areas
Published : Thursday, 12 September, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 188
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has blocked 3G and 4G telecom services in Teknaf and Ukhiya, affecting Rohingyas and local residents in those areas for an indefinite period.
"The services were suspended on Tuesday," BTRC Senior Assistant Director Zakir Hossain said . "It will remain effective until further notice."
He said mobile operators were earlier directed to suspend 3G and 4G services between 5:00pm and 6:00am every day in Cox's Bazar Rohingya camps.
The BTRC ordered mobile phone operators to suspend 3G and 4G services for an indefinite period in Cox's Bazar's Rohingya camps, citing security of the state. The directive will remain effective until further notice.
The BTRC on Monday night ordered mobile operators to suspend 3G and 4G data services in the area.
Bangladesh is currently hosting more than a million Rohingyas in Cox's Bazar camps. As a result of the directive, Teknaf and Ukhiya customers will not be able to access the mobile internet services, but can use voice services.
On Sept 3, the BTRC ordered the operators to shut down 3G and 4G services in the areas for 13 hours between 5pm and 6am daily.
As per the directive, 2G services remained operational, meaning mobile users can make voice calls but will be barred from accessing the internet during the designated hours.
But all types of mobile services were available to residents from 6am to 5pm.
As the Rohingya refugee camps are situated in Cox's Bazar's Teknaf and Ukhiya, natives of these upazilas might be affected by the ban.
More than 1.1 million Rohingyas forcibly displaced from their homeland Myanmar are currently taking refuge in these camps.