BTTB’s revenues soar after VoIP crackdown

10 Jan 2008

The revenues of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) rose by 43% year-on-year in the first six months of its current fiscal year, to BDT8.89 billion (USD132.3 million), largely driven by the surge in earnings from international calls over its network following a major crackdown on the unlicensed VoIP telephony market, reports the Bangladesh Journal. Turnover in the July-December period was also boosted by the belated payment of interconnection charges from mobile operator GrameenPhone. BTTB officials said the ongoing drive against illegal VoIP businesses, which started in December 2006, played a vital role in increasing the revenues of the state-owned fixed line incumbent, with international services turnover more than doubling from BDT1.1 billion in 1H 2006/07 to BDT2.5 billion in 1H 2007/08. Officials added that if the current trend continues, BTTB might reach the BDT19.27 billion revenue target set by the government for this fiscal year. In the previous fiscal ended June 2007, BTTB’s turnover jumped 20.5% to BDT16.57 billion because of the government’s VoIP offensive and an aggressive programme of recovering long-outstanding phone bills from large defaulters.

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