Thursday, 23rd September 2021

Mobile ban bypassed by using MPT SIM in Rohingya camps

Cox Bazaar, Oct 18 (BAN/ AD): The mobile ban by government in Rohingya camp isn’t making much difference as people are using MPT SIM. These SIM’s are found in refugee camps as well as in small shops nearby. Most of Rohingyas living in the refugees camps of Ukhiya and Teknaf areas in Cox’s Bazar, are Myanmar state telecom’s SIM (subscriber identification module) cards for their daily telecommunication needs.

Through illegal channels these SIM cards of Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications, also known as MTP, are smuggled into Bangladesh everyday.

MTP’s cellular network are mostly used in many areas of near Rohingya camps after Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) curtailed 3G and 4G internet services inside the refugee camps and nearby areas of Ukhiya and Teknaf due to security reasons.

“MPT SIMs can easily be found inside refugee camps as well as in small shops near the camps.” Said Ukhiya’s Balukhali camp Rohingya leader Lalu Majhi. He also added “These SIMs provide free minutes and free internet bundle packs, which makes MPT really popular among the refugees in camps.”

As a result, Rohingya refugees shifted to MPT network, which has a good coverage over areas in Ukhiya and Teknaf, in order to continue their communications with the outside world.

•   MTP’s cellular network gained popularity after BTRC curtailed 3G and 4G internet services in the areas

•   They can easily be found inside refugee camps as well as small shops near the camps

•   These SIMs provide free minutes and free internet bundle packs

•   MPT SIMs are bought from Myanmar for Tk30-40 each and sold for Tk70-100 inside the camps

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