Over 10,000 SIM cards seized during September
The Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is incurring huge revenue losses from illegal international calls made from all over the country.
Last month, the telecom regulatory body seized more than 10,000 SIM cards and illegal Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) equipment from different places in the capital.
BTRC officials along with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) conducted raids in Mohammadpur, Adabor, Badda areas under the jurisdiction of Uttara West Police Station and seized the SIM cards that included 5,075 of Teletalk, 3,897 of Robi, 1,414 of Grameenphone and 426 of Banglalink.
The team also arrested eight people and filed cases with the police stations concerned under the BTRC Act.
Md Jahurul Haque, acting chairman of BTRC, disclosed the information at a press briefing held at his office in Dhaka on Monday.
“If the VoIP SIM cards area used at least one hour, the country incurs a revenue loss amounting to nearly Tk106.98 crore,” Jahurul Haque said.
The regulator chief said Bangladesh receives around 40 million minutes of incoming calls from abroad every day on an average through legal channels
“The other approximately 25 million minutes of incoming calls come through illegal channels causing revenue loss worth around a few millions,” he told the journalists.
On Saturday, the elite RAB force arrested two persons including a Grameenphone official from Mirpur and recovered 867 SIM cards issued against 42 companies.
“The commission will take actions against the mobile phone operators,” Jahurul Haque said.