Bangladesh watchdog hits operators for illegal VoIP

13 June 2022

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) fined the four major mobile operators in the nation a total of BDT76.5m for hosting illegal VoIP services on SIM cards, according to a news report.

BTRC fined state-run Teletalk BDT50m, Robi Axiata BDT20m, Grameenphone BDT5m and Banglalink BDT1.5m million and payment is expected to be made by the end of the month, the Daily Star said.

Illegal VoIP services allow users to make less expensive calls by successfully navigating interconnection exchanges and legal international gateways, eliminating termination fees which are shared with the government.

BTRC cracked down on unauthorised call termination in 2018 and 2019, finding 52,344 SIM cards with illegal VoIP service from the four operators and originally fining them BDT266m, according to the report.