Subscribers suffer as 5 operators still shut
More than 6.5 lakh customers of five private landline operators have remained offline till yesterday despite the Prime Minister’s directive not to shut down their services.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday directed the authorities concerned to fine telephone operators involved in “illegal” VoIP business instead of shutting those down.
“Penalise those instead of shutting them down so that people get the services,” the premier was quoted by a minister as saying at the weekly cabinet meeting held at the Secretariat.
Talking to The Daily Star, Zia Ahmed, chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission said, “BTRC has not yet received any direction from the telecom ministry regarding cabinet observation.”
The telecom watchdog in a massive drive recently shut down five private land phone operators including RanksTel, Dhaka Phone, National Phone, People’s Tel and WorldTel for their alleged involvement in illegal VoIP business.
Among the private landline operators, RanksTel is the market leader with more than 3 lakh subscribers followed by Peoples Tel’s 1.6 lakh and National Telecom’s 1.38 lakh subscribers. Dhaka Phone has 77,000 subscribers while WorldTel has 14,000.