Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has warned that illegal internet service providers would face punitive measures and asked the entities to refrain from conducting such activities.
The telecom regulator issued the notice as it came to know about the illegal operation by a good number of entities across the country, a BTRC official said.
Illegal ISPs remain out of the regulatory framework and create hindrance to implementing government decisions, he said.
Stopping illegal internet service providing business would help the regulator ensure congenial and equal regulatory environment for all authorised ISPs along with implementing government orders appropriately, the official said.
According to the BTRC notice, providing internet service without having a valid licence from the BTRC is a violation of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Act, 2001 and subject to punishment.
To keep environment of internet service business congenial and within the regulatory framework, the BTRC urged to refrain from providing internet service illegally without having any licence, the BTRC notice said.
The telecom regulator also asked all authorised internet entities to refrain from supplying internet to illegal entities and refrain from signing deal with such entities for any kind of telecom services.
Under the telecom act, providing illegal internet service is subject to 10 years imprisonment and up to Tk 300 crore in penalty.
In December last year, the posts and telecommunications ministry approved BTRC proposals to award 524 new ISP licences in six categories after keeping the process halted for more than a year.
Before December, the BTRC issued 499 licences for the operation of ISP business across the country. The licensees include 117 entities for providing nationwide internet, 73 for central zone, 57 for zonal, 175 for ‘A’ category, 29 for ‘B’ category and 48 for ‘C’ category internet services.
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