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Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) in cooperation with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has seized a total of 10,947 SIMs of different operators for conducting illegal call termination.
In this connection, eight people has been arrested along with VoIP equipment worth Tk 37 lakh in capital’s different areas, revealed BTRC’s acting Chairman Md Jahurul Haque at a press conference on Monday at BTRC office, reports BSS.
“SIMs and VoIP equipment have been seized from six residential buildings in Mohammadpur, Adabar, Badda and Uttara West Thana during raids in September 9 to September 20,” he said. Of the total SIMs, Teletalk belongs to 5,075 SIMs while Robi and Airtel’s 3,897 SIMs, Grameenphone’s 1,414 SIMs, Banglalink’s 426 SIMs, PSTN operator Rangstel’s 120 and WiMAX operator Banglalion’s 15 SIMs, Jahurul added. Mentioning that BTRC is using modern technology to curb illegal use of VoIP, the acting Chairman said: “Now, detection of specific location of illegal call termination is being possible using this technology.”
He said the modern technology could help BTRC to save Tk 50 crore more of government annually from the international call termination.
Replying to a query regarding the total number of illegal call terminated annually, BTRC Director General Brig Gen M Mustafa Kamal said it’s very hard to figure out the accurate number of illegal call.
Answering to another question how is the SIM being used even after biometric registration, Kamal opined obviously operator has a role otherwise it’s not possible.
Commissioners, director generals and officials concerned were present.