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Yearly 1m dollars being laundered in India through illegal DTH

Sahinur Rahman
|  23 Jun 2018, 00:00 | Update : 23 Jun 2018, 20:14
The developed technology to watch satellite television channels in the country without cable connection is Direct to Home or DTH. But at present the countrywide illegal use of DTH is increasing. Two companies were licensed to provide service but their products are not available in the market. As a result products of more than one dozen companies of India are dominating in the local market.

Concerned to this sector said, Indian company agents are taking away huge amount of money through spreading this illegal service in the country. They are taking away money through evading revenue with tricks. Some local dishonest businessmen are accompanying them.

Cable Operators Association of Bangladesh (COAB) said, yearly one million dollars are being laundered from the country through this illegal service.

DTH parts of several Indian companies including Reliance, Tata Sky, Airtel Digital and Sun Direct Digital are available in Bangladesh. Those are selling openly in the big cities including capital’s Stadium Market.

Concerned said, these DTH parts are brought through black marketing. The local channels are losing audience as those are not available in these DTH services.

About one and half year ago two companies obtained DTH license from the government. Those are, Beximco and Buyer Limited. To avail this service the subscriber’s cost was fixed at six thousand taka. The monthly subscription fee of Beximco’s Real View is 3 hundred taka. There are facilities of scratch card and mobile payment to pay the bill. But commodities of this company are not available in the market. Moreover, there are allegations regarding it service.

COAB member Syed Habib Ali told Rtv online that government provided license for two companies. One is in operation and the other is closed. The other DTH are coming from India. There are some shops in Stadium Market that sell and renew the service. Besides some businessmen in the border area also do that.

Another COAB committee member Syed Mosharraf Ali said, the government has to stop the illegal business without any delay. Otherwise, revenue evading will not be stopped.

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