Govt unblocks Skype

United News of Bangladesh Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Nov 21,2018 | Updated: 00:43, Nov 21,2018

 
 

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission on Tuesday lifted a block on Skype a day after imposing the restriction that drew widespread criticism in social media.
Skype is a telecommunication application software product that provides video chat and voice calls between devices through internet.
BTRC on Tuesday evening issued an e-mail to all the international internet gateways asking the entities to free the application and its domain, skype.com.
The secretary general of Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh, Emdadul Haque, told New Age that they received the instruction from BTRC at 4:30pm to unblock Skype and they complied with it accordingly.
The instruction of the commission came a day after blocking Skype domain and its mobile application following instruction from the government high-ups.
The move of blocking Skype came amid reports that Bangladesh Nationalist Party acting chairman Tarique Rahman interviewing the party nomination seekers through videoconferencing.
Tarique, who is exiled in London since 2008 and convicted in three cases, joined the nomination finalising session of the party at the party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office for the last two days.
His videoconferencing prompted ruling Awami League to lodge a complaint with the Election Commission, though an EC official said on Monday that the EC had no authority to stop the video chat.

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