The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulator Commission has directed the mobile phone operators to ensure in seven days that the Rohingya refugees do not get access to mobile phones.
An official at the BTRC said that the decision was taken for reasons of state security, law and order and public safety.
Bangladesh on Monday ordered operators to shut down mobile phone services to nearly one million Rohingya refugees living in camps in the country's southeast, an official said. The notice was issued following allegations of providing mobile phone services to Rohingyas through selling of SIM cards by mobile phone operators defying a government embargo. "But they have been using a huge number of mobile SIM cards in and around the camps", he told BenarNews on Tuesday, referring to telecommunications regulations stipulating that only people with passports or national ID cards are allowed to have mobile phones in the country.
Almost 750,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed into Bangladesh after the army in Buddhist-majority Myanmar launched a crackdown in August 2017 in northern Rakhine state.
The ban on sale of mobile SIM cards to Rohingya refugees was first imposed in September 2017.
The two countries signed a repatriation agreement in November 2017 but a first offer to return was rejected by refugee camp leaders in October.
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Many say they will not go back unless their security can be guaranteed and they can be sure of being granted citizenship. Myanmar military officials vehemently denied all claims that government security forces committed atrocities against Rohingya civilians.
The Rohingya don't seem to be recognised as an professional minority by way of the Myanmar govt, which considers them Bengali interlopers in spite of many households having lived within the nation for generations.
Following the directive, the mobile operators are reported to have weakened their networks in the border areas including Cox Bazar and Bandarban.
Bangladesh has up to now attempted to limit cell phone get admission to within the settlements. "But the situation is getting worse day by day", said Iqbal Hossain, additional superintendent of police in Cox's Bazar.
Blocking mobile phone service to areas where Rohingya camps are located, namely Cox's Bazar, will also affect more than just the Rohingya, notably humanitarian aid providers, other residents of the district, and those needing to contact people inside the camps.