Bangladesh watchdog hits operators for illegal VoIP

13 June 2022

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) fined the four major mobile operators in the nation a total of BDT76.5m for hosting illegal VoIP services on SIM cards, according to a news report.

BTRC fined state-run Teletalk BDT50m, Robi Axiata BDT20m, Grameenphone BDT5m and Banglalink BDT1.5m million and payment is expected to be made by the end of the month, the Daily Star said.

 

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Pakistan's MNOs hike prices...again

16 May 2022

Islamabad, Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistan’s mobile operators Jazz, Zong and Telenor have again increased rates of calls and data packages.

It marks the second time after the minibudget in January 2022 that companies have increased the rates of call and internet packages.

According to local reports, the operators have increased their super load from Rs. 50 to Rs. 100. Different internet and data packages have been increased from Rs. 10 to Rs. 25. Similarly, rates of monthly call packages have also been increased, while the rates of monthly call packages have been increased from Rs. 40 to Rs. 100. Weekly all-in-one package rates have been increased from Rs. 10 to Rs. 20.

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TM and Telin partner for subsea opportunities

15 May 2022

Telekom Malaysia (TM) Wholesale and Telin, the carrier subsidiary of PT Telkom Indonesia, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate more closely on submarine cable projects.

Under the terms of the agreement, both parties gain capacity on each other’s submarine cable systems, helping to meet the region’s increasing demand for connectivity.

"This collaboration allows us to gain immediate submarine capacity in response to the growing demand for high bandwidth services," said Amar Huzaimi Md Deris, executive vice president, TM Wholesale. "It also gives us more diverse connections and alternative routes connecting Malaysia to the rest of the world, while optimising our existing submarine capacity.”

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Singtel appeals against A$393m tax ruling in Australia

26 April 2022

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Merlion Park, Singapore

Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) has filed an appeal after a court in Australia ruled that its subsidiary must pay a A$393m tax bill that can be traced back to the company’s acquisition of Optus 21-years-ago.

The sum consists of primary tax of A$268m and interest of A$58m, as well as penalties of A$67m - and follows an amended assessment by the Commissioner of Taxation.

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