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POST TIME: 1 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 1 January, 2020 01:38:39 AM
Mobile network shut in 1km band along India border
AFP, Dhaka

Mobile network shut in 1km band along India border

The government has cut services to millions of mobile phones along the border with India for "security" reasons amid fears a new citizenship law passed by its giant neighbour could prompt an influx of migrants.

The country's telecom regulator ordered the mobile shutdown late Monday along a one-kilometre (0.6-mile) band along the Indian frontier, the watchdog's spokesman Sohel Rana said.

The directive was issued "for the sake of the country's security in the current circumstances," the spokesman told AFP.

Bangladesh shares a 4,000-kilometre (2,500-mile) border with India and the shutdown would affect some 10 million mobile phone users, according to a top official from one operator.

"A large number of people in the border area will be without internet, voice and other mobile services," said S.M. Farhad, a spokesman for an industry association of local telecom operators.