The connections of nearly 21 lakh illegal SIMs will be deactivated from midnight today.
A total of 2049,927 illegal SIMs will be blocked after 12:00 am, Jahurul Haque, chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) told The Daily Star this afternoon.
As the SIMs cannot have in the market according to law, those are being blocked, he said.
The SIMs were registered exceeding the permissible limit of 15 mobile connections against every national identity card, sources at the BRTC said.
The SIMs include 461,261 of Grameenphone, 455,831 of Banglalink, 419202 of Robi, 225741 of Airtel and 487892 of Teletalk.
According to the BRTC, the telecom regulator earlier made a list of the illegal SIMs and urged the mobile operators to deactivate the connections by today (April 26).
Earlier in November 2017, the BTRC instructed the telecom operators not to register more than 15 SIM cards against a NID card, scrapping an earlier provision that allowed an individual to own 20 SIM cards.