The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has fined mobile operator Banglalink BDT1.25 billion (USD18.5 million) for involvement in the provision of illegal VoIP telephony. The regulator confirmed that the GSM operator, owned by Orascom Telecom, had already agreed to pay the fine, which represents compensation to the government for loss of revenues. BTRC in a press statement yesterday said international call termination to Bangladesh is a licensed service and is currently reserved only for state-owned Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB). Banglalink released a statement saying that it was compensating the state because of the use of its services by a number of its customers to illegally terminate international calls. Earlier this week Bangladesh’s mobile market leader GrameenPhone, a subsidiary of Telenor, agreed to pay the government USD25.2 million in compensation for revenues lost because of illegal VoIP operations.
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