Pressure to develop new databases despite no need: Bangladesh Telecom operators directed to store customer information by BTRC

Pressure to develop new databases despite no need: Bangladesh Telecom operators directed to store customer information by BTRC

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The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on March 20 sent new letters to mobile telecom operators directing them to create a new database to store customers' personal information, which government agency National Telecommunication Monitoring Center (NTMC) said was not necessary. Is. Telecom operators are no longer interested in building new data centres.

Telecom regulators and operators are exchanging letters on data centers from November 2023. In a letter dated January 25, BTRC directed mobile telecom operators to file progress reports on preparations to develop the database by February 14.

BTRC, in its letter dated March 20, said the operators made alternative proposals, which the regulator did not accept, rather it directed the telecom operators to complete all formalities and file reports within April 2.

Currently, there are four mobile telecom companies in operation in the country with a total of 190 million subscribers by January 2024.

Prothom Alo reached out to state Minister for Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology (ICT) Junaid Ahmed Palak, but he declined to comment, saying the matter was currently sub judice.

Human rights organization Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) filed a writ petition in the High Court in early March challenging the BTRC's directions, and the top court issued a ruling on March 20 asking the BTRC to explain how the regulators Why should the instructions not be announced? To be zero.

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