31 May 2020

COVID-19: Internet service providers seek Tk 610 crore govt grant

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The Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB) on Sunday sought Tk 610 crore government grant to keep the services uninterrupted and protect the sector from losses amid the coronavirus outbreak.

ISPAB submitted an application to the Telecom Minister Mustafa Jabbar on Sunday, reports UNB.

They sought Tk 610 crore grant to pay six months’ salaries of their staff and office rents and withdrawal of Value Added Tax (VAT) of the internet service providers for at least two years.

Fiber teams and network teams have been working round the clock when whole country is under partial lockdown after government announcement, the Association said.

As a result, different organizations including banks, insurance companies, call centers, software, media and hospitals are working uninterruptedly, they said.


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