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Drive against illegal VoIP to continue: Palak

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Drive against illegal VoIP to continue: Palak

State Minister for Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak on Sunday said anyone involved in illegal activities using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) facility will not be spared and the drive against them will continue.

Such activities will not be tolerated under any circumstances, he added.

The state minister made the remarks while inspecting a large quantity of seized VoIP equipment, including around 17,000 illegal SIM cards, used in illegal VoIP operations, during a drive in Tongi, Gazipur on Sunday, reports UNB.

The operation is being conducted and will continue under the initiative of BTRC as the telecom sector regulator, in collaboration with the National Telecommunication Monitoring Centre, or NTMC, which is legally mandated to monitor, collect and record communications over telco lines as part of intelligence gathering, and paramilitary force RAB.

Palak emphasized that the government is firm on shutting down illegal VoIP activities. Operators will be held responsible if SIM cards are sold through dealers without proper verification.

In a joint operation with NTMC, RAB-1 conducted raids in Tongi on Saturday and seized a significant amount of illegal VoIP equipment and apprehended those involved.

The seized equipment included 11,500 SIMs of different mobile operators, 3 computers, 2 laptops, 1 mini PC, 7 modems, 15 routers and 5 network hubs.

Among others, BTRC Chairman Engineer Md Mohiuddin Ahmed, Director General of NTMC Major General Ziaul Ahsan and RAB-1 Captain Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Mostaq Ahmad were also present.

Bd-pratidin English/Lutful Hoque

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