Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and video-on-demand (VOD) services have been requested by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory (BTRC) to be immediately suspended. Both services were launched by internet service providers (ISP) last year but the BTRC does not have official guideline for either services.
The BTRC is actually developing a triple play service which is going to provide broadcast services like the IPTV and video-on-demand, while others are investing in technology to introduce services. As claimed by the BTRC, ISPs do not have a license to provide such services. Further, according to the notice, the Telecommunication Act 2001 and National Broadcast Policy 2014 prevent ISP operators to extend IPTV, broadcast or VOD facilities to consumers.
As reported by The Daily Star, MA Hakim, the president of Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh, commented about the decision: “We find no violation of the existing policies or regulation and the regulator didn’t even discuss it with us. If the Government wants to block video on demand, then logically, they have to block Youtube. Can they do so?”