Bangladesh’s government is likely to impose heavy financial penalties on mobile network operators if their alleged involvement in illegal VoIP operations is proved in court, according to the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication. Since January, state agency the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has shut down several illegal VoIP operations, and as a result the government has filed cases against companies including mobile operators GrameenPhone (on 12 February), Banglalink (March) and AKTEL (late March). Although evidence has been gathered concerning the illegal operation of VoIP exchanges on the cellcos’ premises, none of the companies’ employees has been arrested.
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