State Minister of Post and Telecommunications Division Tarana Halim has confirmed that the government is not going to ban internet-based mobile messaging and voice applications such as imo, Viber and WhatsApp.
She released a press statement on Sunday that says the government has not taken any decision to ban them, nor do they have any reason to.
She said the government would take steps to stop illegal usage of VoIP and reiterated the government’s zero tolerance policy regarding the issue.
The notice also referred to an earlier comment made by the chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on the internet-based messaging and voice applications, where he said the BTRC would make a decision on the terms of usage for these applications.
BTRC Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood told the press on Friday that the telecom regulatory body was planning to formulate a policy on the usage of messaging and calling services like WhatsApp, Viber and imo soon.
“The volume of international calls dropped after the call rate was increased to two cents per minute. Earlier, the call volume had peaked at 123 million minutes a day after the rate was slashed to 1.5 cents from three cents in late 2014,” he said.
According to the BTRC, Bangladesh is registering 70-80 million minutes of international calls per day.