Bangladesh regulator reports high level of illegal VoIP SIM usage

26 Mar 2009 writes that the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has blocked over 100,000 SIM cards that were allegedly used for illegal voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) phone calls since June 2008. The country’s second largest cellco by subscribers Banglalink had the highest number of SIMs blocked, at 44,026, BTRC said in a press release yesterday, while GSM-based rival Warid saw 29,760 SIMs blocked, as were 18,826 SIMs connected to Bangladesh’s mobile market leader GrameenPhone. Alongside other cellular providers, fixed line CDMA-based wireless in the local loop (WiLL) network operators also had SIMs blocked by the watchdog, including 9,525 of RanksTel.



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