159 VoIP licensees selected

5 Jul 2013

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has announced the selection of 159 applicants to receive VoIP Service Provider (VSP) licences, which permit retail international voice call termination. Following the notification the chosen companies have 30 days to pay a BDT500,000 (USD6,300) licence acquisition fee. As reported in March by CommsUpdate, the BTRC previously announced a list of 844 companies which had applied for the VSP licences, aimed at significantly reducing the number of illegal international VoIP calls and increasing the state’s revenue from the international voice market. Existing domestic mobile operators and international gateway operators were prohibited from applying. According to the VSP licence guidelines, 45% of revenues from each VoIP call will go to the government, 13.25% to the wholesale international voice gateway (IGW) operators, 15% to interconnection exchange (ICX) operators, 20% to Access Network Service (ANS) providers, leaving 6.75% revenue from each call for the retail VSP operators.

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