Another VoIP RAB grab

16 Jul 2007

Bangladeshi newspaper The Daily Star reports that the government’s Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) seized equipment allegedly used in running an illegal VoIP business from regional fixed-wireless PSTN operator Westecs Bangladesh Ltd (Bay Phones) on 12 July and arrested two of the company’s officials. The recovered equipment includes eight Nuera Gateways, twelve VoIP Gateways, three MUX, two VSAT modems and gateways, ten CISCO switches (Media gateways), four channel banks, one server, two access channel banks and two Excel switches. The investigation was conducted simultaneously at the head office of Bay Phones in Dhaka and its main switch room in Chittagong. According to the report the suspected illegal operation involved terminating calls through three foreign carriers, Bridge Communications, PCCW and BGLO; Bay Phones, owned by Abul Hashem, an expatriate in America, has an official carrier agreement with Bridge Communications. RAB conducted the raid as part of its ongoing drive against VoIP businesses that violate the Telecommunications Act of 2001. The force started raiding illegal VoIP centres in the capital in December last year. High profile telecoms companies to have had equipment confiscated from their premises include several of the country’s main mobile operators.



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