Bangladesh government restores Internet, mobile network for Rohingya refugees

by MCR Correspondent

Bangladesh’s government has restored internet and high-speed mobile network and for the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar after unceasing appeals from United Nations agencies and rights groups.

The 3G and 4G mobile networks and internet were restored on Friday August 28, 2020, amid to uphold the basic rights of the persecuted Rohingya, about 1 million of whom fled to southeastern Bangladesh after a 2017 crackdown by Myanmar’s military.

Bangladesh’s government took the decision to restore the mobile network about a year after its suspension, after several inter-ministerial meetings.

Officials said that “A task force formed by the government Wednesday sent a letter to the Post and Telecommunication Ministry, restoring the services.”

Md. Mahbub Alam Talukder, Bangladesh’s refugee relief and repatriation commissioner (RRRC) said, “Following the government decision, the 3G and 4G mobile network and the internet have been restored today.”

“Various mobile network service companies have already started providing high-speed mobile and internet services,” he added.

“Restoration of the service is important for better services to the Rohingya people amid the pandemic,” the Commissioner said.

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