The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has asked each of 61 VoIP service providers (VSPs) to deposit Tk 1 lakh in licence renewal fees along with 15 per cent value-added tax.
The telecom regulator on Tuesday issued a notice in this regard after it decided to extend the validity of the licences of the VSPs by two more years.
As per the notice, the 61 VSPs will have to submit the renewal fees by September 30 this year.
Licences of the entities would be cancelled if they fail to deposit the fees by the deadline.
Each of the VSPs will have to pay Tk 1 lakh as annual licence fees for the second year.
The entities which have already paid Tk 50,000 each as annual licence fees for the second year of their licences and Tk 1 lakh each for the third year of their licences will not have to submit the renewal fees.
As per the regulatory and licensing guidelines for issuing licence to VSP, the licences for VSP are initially issued for five-year term and the validity of the licences is renewed for two-year term afterwards.
VSPs are also called internet telephony service providers which offer digital telecommunications services based on
voice over internet protocol that are provisioned via internet.
At present, 881 entities including the 61 entities in the country have VSP licences.
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