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Bangladesh reverses border mobile ban

The government’s directive came days after India’s Parliament passed the controversial Citizenship Act

By PTI in Dhaka
  • Published 2.01.20, 3:28 AM
  • Updated 2.01.20, 3:28 AM
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Low-speed (2G) mobile Internet services were once again snapped in five districts of Jammu region Shutterstock

Bangladesh has reversed its decision of shutting down mobile networks along the country’s over 4,000km borders with India, two days after asking telecom operators to block the services citing “security” reasons, according to media reports on Wednesday.

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on Sunday directed the shut down of around 2,000 base transceiver stations, affecting around 1 crore users in 32 districts that share border with India and Myanmar.

The government’s directive to the telecommunication operators came days after India’s Parliament passed the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act , causing much concern in Dhaka that it could lead to an influx of migrants from India. The reports did not give any reason for reversing the decision.

The BTRC, in its order to telecommunications service providers said network coverage within 1-km band along the border areas with India should be suspended until further notice.