BTCL ‘refuses’ court order to connect British-based firm

12 May 2014

State-owned Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) has not reconnected London-based international communications provider Zamir Telecom to its PSTN despite a court decision ordering it to do so, having reportedly disconnected the operator due to an arbitration process over disputed invoices. International Business Times reports that Zamir has been cut off from BTCL’s network since March, under an order from Bangladeshi telecoms minister Abdul Latif Siddique, apparently in breach of a judicial decision which said the incumbent must maintain interconnection with Zamir whilst pursuing the arbitration talks. The UK-Bangladeshi firm’s head, Naufal Zamir, said the UK Trade & Investment department has already written to the Bangladesh government demanding an explanation for the disconnection. Zamir Telecom earned revenue of GBP24 million (USD40.4 million) in its 2012/13 fiscal year and employs 54 people at its Canary Wharf headquarters. Zamir offers wholesale international termination and managed voice, data and IPLC services for other service providers, as well as a retail arm – SimpleCall – which is a global B2C service provider for international calling services and also a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in the UK. As reported by CommsUpdate in October 2013, Zamir has recently expanded its wholesale VoIP business into African markets.

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