The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission in a notice on November 21 asked the VSPs to renew the licences within the stipulated time
The telecom regulator has asked the country’s VoIP Service Providers (VSPs) to renew their licences by the December 31 deadline.
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission in a notice on November 21 asked the VSPs to renew the licences within the stipulated time. Otherwise the renewal applications would not be accepted, it added.
BTRC officials said the renewal fee was kept unchanged at Tk1 lakh for two years, instead of one year and the VSPs have to apply with Tk5,750 as application evaluation fee.
The VSPs who were not willing to renew their licences were asked to inform the commission in writing within the aforesaid period and also clear their existing dues, said the notice.
Currently, there are 756 VSPs operating in the country.
“The VoIP business is not going very well because of a large number of licensees. It made the market over saturated. So the commission decided to renew licenses for two years at the same fee,’ a senior BTRC official told Dhaka Tribune.
Earlier in August this year, the BTRC has cancelled licenses of 124 VoIP service providers on the grounds they failed to pay government dues.
Among the total, 106 VSPs failed to pay their dues while 18 others did not apply for renewal properly.
The government in January 2013 issued 844 VSP licenses in a bid to discourage illegal VoIP business.
A government evaluation committee, before issuance of VSP licenses, had recommended that allowing 250 licenses would be standard for the market.
The government, however, approved more than a thousand licenses.