Around one million wireless network SIM cards in Bangladesh have been disconnected for illegal voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) service usage, alongside the blocking of 30,000 IP addresses, in a three-year programme to combat unlicensed VoIP providers, telecoms minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju told parliament on Tuesday. During the crackdown, the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has also cancelled the licences of 21 operators, raided 78 illegal establishments and filed 38 court cases, as reported by BDNews24. The minister pointed out that on the other hand, the process of awarding additional VoIP and international gateway licences was in progress, and that the country’s international call traffic via legal, licensed channels had grown from 20 million minutes a day ‘under the previous government’s term’ to its current level of 45 million minutes per day.
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