BTRC invites application for VoIP license

2012-07-24

The telecom regulator has invited applications for much talked about VoIP license to encourage the local entrepreneurs invest more in the country's telecommunication sector, said officials, reports BSS.

The regulator - Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) - has posted the final VoIP guideline and license application notice on its website on Sunday. The license will be issued under the name of "VoIP service Provider (VSP)", they added.

The government has taken the initiative of issuing Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) license last year to stop illegal VoIP business, which has been causing huge revenue losses to the country every year.

However, the guideline did not mention how many licenses would be provided for this telecom business.

"The posts and telecommunications ministry would finalize the number of licenses to be issued," BTRC Chairman Major General (retd) Zia Ahmed told BSS.

He said the commission already issued 82 gateway licenses, so the number of VoIP license should be put on limit as allowing too many operators would reduce their scope of making profit and generating revenue.

The government is giving the license to provide people with easy and affordable telecommunication services by introducing and promoting VoIP and next generation technology, Ahmed added.

Telecom secretary Sunil Kanti Bose earlier told the news agency that the number of VSP license would be depended on the number of applications as well as the activities of gateway license holders'.

Officials said the Legal and Licensing department of the regulator will receive application from the interested person or companies for the VoIP license from September 2 to September 6.

The regulator would scrutinise the applications and the ministry would finally the list of the qualified applicants, they added.

Earlier, the government planned to issue around 3,000 VSP licenses to stop the illegal VoIP business, but it changed the decision against the backdrop of issuing 82 gateway licenses for international call transmission, which would be too much considering the country's size.

 

Source: http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com

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