Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh (AMTOB) and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have praised the government decision for providing access to the Election Commission’s National ID (NID) database to verify the subscriber’s information before activating new mobile phone connections. The access to National ID (NID) data base would help MNOs to verify the subscriber’s information in an efficient way for activating new connections. All concern regarding national security could be substantially eliminated and transparency could be maintained through the new verification process. AMTOB MNOs have been working closely with the BTRC committee of subscribers’ registration process. AMTOB, the single platform of all six mobile phone operators of the country, expressed gratitude to the government, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology (MOPT & IT) and Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) for taking such initiative via which the real identity of the subscribers of the new mobile connections could be determined.
AMTOB believes that the verification process has to be comprehensive and should not deprive genuine subscribers, therefore the process should be made through appropriate consultation with all stakeholders, so that it becomes convenient for the subscribers and mobile telephony can reach to all spheres of life, being a very important infrastructure for the country’s GDP growth.
AMTOB hoped that the government would take initiative to provide further access to similar data bases in the future in order to facilitate MNOs to determine genuine subscribers much essential for protecting national security.
Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh (AMTOB) is the platform of all six cellular operators- Airtel, Banglalink, Citycell, Grameenphone Robi and Teletalk. The objective of the Association dedicated in bridging relationship with the policy makers, government, regulator, international agencies and ICT related organization and grass root level for the eradication of digital divide through capacity building, empowering and encouraging innovation towards the benefits of people of the country.