The telecom regulator will now require consent of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina or any of four other top government officials to block or suspend any websites or web links.
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has to take permission from the premier or any of four other government officials to block or suspend any websites or web links, an official said.The Posts and Telecommunications Ministry at a recent meeting held at Secretary has taken a decision in this regard.
Four others are Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar, PM’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy, PM’s Security Adviser Tarique Ahmed Siddique and Principal Secretary Nojibur Rahman.
“Consent of the five persons is required to block or suspend any websites or links,” an official concerned said, adding, “Websites should be secure for the interest of the state.”
Sajeeb Wazed Joy will hold a meeting to discuss a series of decisions taken by the Posts and Telecommunications Ministry and the progress on their implementation.
The ministry has already reviewed minimum and maximum tariff on cell phone calls, drafted quality service requirement so that the government can plan to implement 5G in its next tenure if it is voted to power again.
Ministry sources said that Joy may discuss the recently imposed tariff on cell phone calls and mobile number portability whic will be introduced the next month.The ICT adviser will also discuss introduction of minimum broadband speed of 10mbps. The ministry has already taken a decision in this regard.
Besides, the reduction in the spectrum tariff will also come up for discussion at the meeting.