Moshe Maeir writes in to point out that the Royal Action Battalion in Bangladesh raided an illegal VoIP network provider over the weekend, arresting a group of people for daring to offer cheap overseas phone calls. We've actually written about the situation in Bangladesh with VoIP quite a few times. Back in 2003, the government finally said that it was allowing VoIP, but either that never happened or it did so in a very limited way (otherwise, why these arrests?). Back in 2005, there was a report showing how the VoIP blockade, which was designed to help the monopoly government-backed phone service, actually did a lot more harm to Bangladesh by making it harder for them to get involved in things like offshore call centers. Apparently, though, the government hasn't quite figured that out yet, and rather than allowing VoIP services to help the country grow, they're raiding and arresting those trying to improve telecom services in the country. Well, now the country joins the list of countries like Namibia and Belarus as places that arrest people who try to improve a country's telecom offerings.
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