There was a time when only state owned BTCL (Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited)
had the international gateway for international cal. Then BTCL used satellite base stations
to transfer international calls. Bangladesh connected to long waited submarine cable but
BTCL was the only authority to handle international calls. Private operators needed to make
their international calls via BTCL controlled international gateway for their subscribers.
That was the only legal way, but very costly.
Some groups including mobile operators used internet to transfer international calls. Many
operators made agreement with foreign operators to transfer international calls. In simple
words they bypassed the BTCL gateway.
Now situation has changed there is other company who has the legal international gateway.
But it is still illegal to bypass the gateways. Bangladesh government has been saying that
they will legalize the VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol).
Many companies have been doing VOIP business; last military backed caretaker government
fined some companies for that. But they continued to do that. There is allegation that even
the state owned Telephone Company BTCL and mobile operator Teletalk have been involved with
Now the Bangladesh Telephone Regulatory Commission has launched an investigation committee
to find out the culprits precisely. Though the government is planning to legalize VOIP, but
it is illegal to do it without license. Now it’s time to see whether the committee submits
the report or they pray for more time.