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Thursday, May 17, 2007

CityCell cheats state out of Tk 360 crore a year

Mobile phone operator CityCell is making about Tk 360 crore a year illegally, regulatory officials were quoted as saying Wednesday by bdnews24.com.

A 12-hour raid on the company headquarters in the capital Wednesday produced evidence for the BTRC officials to claim CityCell, majority-owned by former foreign minister M Morshed Khan, was making nearly Tk 1 crore a day from illegal VoIP connections.

RAB officer Major Shamsuzzoha showed to bdnews24.com copies of bills against numbers 01190005010 and 01190005100 and said: "We have found 50 such dummy numbers. More one crore taka has been billed against these numbers every day. That brings the monthly figure to Tk 30 crore and annually Tk 360 crore."

"This means the government has been deprived of Tk 330 crore a year by CityCell," said Anamika Bhakta, a member of the six-strong BTRC committee to fight illegal VoIP business.
She said BTRC will sue CityCell under telecommunication laws.

The raid on the CityCell headquarters on the 13th floor of Pacific Tower began at 11am and ran well into midnight.

2 comments:

The Chosen One said...

If you remember there were similar raids in AKTEL office as well and the joint forces discovered huge amount of illegal VoIP equipments. The mobile companies seem to be hands in gloves in carrying out this illegal business. And I get a feeling that somehow they will get away with all their misdeeds.

Anonymous said...

i heard of these incidents of illegal voip about rangstell nd another phone company before. hope media will play an effective role in preventing such bad incidents.