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BTRC: 42,000 SIMs used for VoIP seized in October

  • Published at 04:26 pm November 11th, 2018
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This will prevent the loss of Tk867 crore of revenue, annually, says BTRC’s acting chairman

Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has seized 42,000 SIM cards, used to illegally route international calls through voice over internet protocol (VoIP), during separate raids – in Dhaka and Chittagong – in October.

Of the seized SIMs: 16,812 were from Robi, 15,949 from Teletalk, 6,176 from Banglalink, and 3,223 from Grameenphone, said Md Jahurul Haque, acting chairman of the commission—at a press conference at his office, on Sunday, reports UNB.

The seizure will prevent the loss of Tk867 crore of revenue, annually, he said. He continued that 28 people have been arrested; plus SIMs and equipment worth Tk1.23 crore have been seized.

A joint team of BTRC and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) conducted the drives in Dhaka's: Dhanmondi, Tejgaon, Kadamtali, Siddhirganj, Pallabi, and Mirpur between October 14 and18. They conducted drives in Chittagong’s: Bayezid Bostami, Panchlaish, Baklia, Chawkbazar, Chandgaon, Sadarghat and Halishahar areas between October 21 and31.

A total of 28 cases were filed in connection to the seizure.