VoIP ‘purge’ latest: NationalPhone closed; RanksTel, Dhaka Phone reopened

24 Mar 2010

Fixed line operator NationalPhone is the latest company to have its operations shut down by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) allegedly under suspicion of involvement in illegal international VoIP telephony provision, reports local newspaper The Daily Star. BTRC chairman Zia Ahmed claimed there was evidence showing huge anomalies in NationalPhone’s recent call termination records which he said was symptomatic of illegal VoIP operations. Meanwhile, the watchdog reopened the switch rooms of two other telcos, RanksTel and Dhaka Phone, which it previously closed down for similar reasons. AKM Shamsuddin, chief operating officer of RanksTel, said the company’s network was expected to take a day or so to be fully operational.

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