Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has launched the much awaited mobile number portability service (MNPS) for the first time in Bangladesh. MNP service or in other words it means customers can now switch to any operator without changing their existing mobile phone number.
BTRC Chairman Jahurul Haque made the declaration of its launch at a press conference held at BTRC building located in city’s Ramna area on Monday (Oct 1), local media reported.
To initiate MNP service, a customer has to pay Tk 157 and 50 paisa for new SIM of their desired operator. Customers need to go to customer care centre of their operators and take new SIM giving back their old ones.
The customers will have to wait at least 90 days to make another switch after activating a service.
Infozillion BD Teletech, the authorized company for a joint venture between a Bangladeshi firm and a Slovenian firm, completed all preparations for the launch.
Mabrur Hossain, managing director of Infozillion, was present at the news conference along with BTRC senior officials.
Singapore pioneered the service in 1997 and India and Pakistan introduced it a few years ago.