The telecoms regulator has asked the international internet gateway operators to reduce upload bandwidth of the ISPs by 75 percent in an effort to prevent illegal VoIP.
The instruction went out on
Thursday in a letter signed by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory
Commission (BTRC) Senior Assistant Director Sabina Islam.
The letter said
the order would remain in force starting from 6pm on Thursday until further
But, IIG operator Fiber at Home official Sumon Ahmed said the
instruction would hurt the internet service.
Internet Service Providers
Association President Aktaruzzaman Manju said their clients were facing troubles
in uploading data.
He said they were receiving complaints from the
subscribers and that it should be withdrawn.
However, banks, financial
institutions, software firms, travel agents, embassies and government
organisations will be exempted from the cut. But lists of such organisations and
agencies have to be sent to BTRC in seven days.
BTRC says the instruction
will not impact download from internet.
An official of the watchdog’s
Engineering and Operation Division said the instruction had been made to prevent
illegal VoIP on a trial basis.