Published:  12:37 AM, 13 November 2017

BTRC threatens suspending Teletalk service


Bangladesh Telecomm-unication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has threatened to suspend the services of the state-run mobile operator Teletalk for not paying the fine of illegally operated international telephone calls known as Voice over Internet Protocol ("VoIP").

Teletalk was fined Tk 67.61 lakh in several phases last year due to its operating illegal international telephone calls.In a recent letter, the commission said that, in May last year, 1,556 SIMs of Teletalk illegally operated international telephone calls.

When BTRC ran an investigation regarding this, they found Teletalk guilty, and the commission fined the mobile operation Tk 50 lakh. After that, in September of the same year too, the operator was yet again fined Tk 17 lakh for the same offense.

Even after serving several notices, Teletalk did not pay the money, according to BTRC.Mobile operators are supposed to block all SIM cards which are detected within four hours through SIM Box Detection System, an automated system to identify possible illegal VoIP calls.

Teletalk, however, failed to block 1,556 SIM cards in time and some of those cards were found unblocked even after 83 days of the SIM Box detection, said BTRC officials. 

At the same time, the BTRC caught two the big operators Grameenphone and Robi for the same crime, while Grameenphone paid the penalty but Robi delayed it in many tactics. Then, after stopping all the approval of Robi, the BTRC earned Tk. 20 lakh from them.

A commission official said, same technique will be taken as like Robi to get money from Teletalk.However, Teletalk did not give any excuses on this.


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