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Over 1 lakh (1,00,000) SIMs blocked for illegal VoIP in Bangladesh

Posted on: April 6, 2009

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has blocked over one lakh SIM cards on allegations of illegal VoIP usage since June 2008.

Among these 18,826 were of the country’s leading mobile operator GrameenPhone, BTRC said in a press release on Wednesday (25 Mar ‘09).

Banglalink had the highest number of SIMs blocked, at 44,026. Warid saw 29,760 blocked SIMs.

Some 6,002 of Aktel, 467 of Citycell, 9,525 of PSTN operator Rankstel, 23 of Dhaka Phone and 14 of Onetel were also blocked by BTRC.

The telecom regulator said it also recovered illegal VoIP equipment from Askona on Tuesday night (24 Mar ‘09).

BTRC over the past two years has awarded hefty fines, running into hundreds of crores of taka, to most of the country’s leading mobile operators in its drive against illegal VoIP activities.

GP, Aktel, Banglalink and Citycell have been fined a total of Tk 631 crore between them.

The then BTTB, now BTCL, launched the drive against illegal VoIP in December 2006. A committee with representatives from BTRC, RAB state-run mobile operator Teletalk and BTCL have continued the drive.

Source: bdnews24

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