Skype ‘blocked’ across country
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has reportedly blocked telecommunication application Skype across the country.
Emdadul Haque, secretary general of Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB), told that they have received a letter from the BTRC asking them to keep all kinds of communication from home and abroad via Skype suspended.
Several international internet gateway (IIG) service providers said they also received the letter on Sunday night.
However, acting BTRC chairman Jahurul Haque said there was no instruction from the telecom regulator about blocking Skype.
He said there might be up and down in the service somewhere following a technical problem.
Many Skype users claimed that they could not use the communication tool since morning.
kype (/ska?p/) is a telecommunications application software product that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices, the Xbox One console, and smartwatches via the Internet and to regular telephones.
Skype additionally provides instant messaging services. Users may transmit both text and video messages, and may exchange digital documents such as images, text, and video. Skype allows video conference calls.
Skype implements a freemium business model. Much of the service is free, but Skype Credit or a subscription is required to call a landline or a mobile phone number. At the end of 2010, there were over 660 million worldwide users, with over 300 million estimated active each month as of August 2015.
At one point in February 2012, there were 34 million users concurrently online on Skype.