National Telecommunication Monitoring Centre

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Rules & regulations

In order to tighten the state security and to protect the nation from probable threats, National Telecommunication Monitoring Center (NTMC) provides all kind of monitoring facilities to Government authorized all law enforcement and intelligence agencies in regard to Lawful Interception in all telecommunications service providers of the country powered by Telecommunication Amendment, 2006 of Bangladesh Telecommunication Act 2001.


Bangladesh Telecommunication Act, 2001- Clause 97. Preferential right of Government in emergency

(1) During war declared, or a situation of war created, by a foreign power against Bangladesh, or during internal rebellion or disorder, or in a situation where the defense or other security of Bangladesh or any other urgent state-affair needs to be ensured, the Government shall have preference compared to the operator or any other user in using a radio apparatus or telecommunication system.

(2) If the President declares an emergency, the Government may suspend or amend any license or certificate or permit issued under this Act, or suspend any particular activity of, or a particular service provided by, an operator, but the Government shall pay compensation for the suspended service or installation.

Telecommunication Amendment, 2006- Sec-97A. Special rules for the security of the state or to sustain law and order-

(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act or any others Act, for the security or to sustain law order the Government may give authority to any officer of the agency responsible to sustain law and order, Investigating Agency, National Security Agency, Intelligence agency for the time being to bar, record or to collect the information in that regard so sent by any client using the service of any telecommunication and even give order to the telecommunication service provider in order to pursue the activities in the operator shall be bound to abide by the order foreside.

(2) For the purpose of this section, the Government shall means to the Ministry of Home Affairs and the rules so fit to come into source by the approval as the Minister or State Minister responsible in the Ministry of Home Ministry.

Explanation:

(1) ‘National security and public order’- Keeping the state and the people safe and disciplined against any kind of unpleasant, provocative event.

(2) ‘Telecommunication services’- In accordance with the important definitions and interpretations of Bangladesh Telecommunications Act 2001-
    “telecommunication service” means any of the following services:-
    (a) transmission or reception, with the help of a telecommunication system, of anything that falls within the purview of the definition of telecommunication;
    (b) any value added telecommunication service (e.g. fax, voice mail, paying service);
    (c) internet service;
    (d) supply of information or directory relating to a telecommunication system for the convenience of using a service intentioned in (a), (b) and (c) above;
    (e) a service for installation, or maintenance of telecommunication apparatus, or a service relating to the adjustment, alteration, repair, moving or replacement of such apparatus{ref. clause (15)};

(3) Sent Messages and Conversations - Mobile SMS and Mobile Conversations (4) Companies that provide telecommunication services are MNO, IIG, ISP, IGW, ICX, NIX, Broadband Wireless Access (WiMAX), PSTN, BDIX.

(5) In accordance with the important definitions and interpretations of Bangladesh Telecommunications Act 2001- “Operator” means a person licensed for establishing or operating a telecommunication system or providing telecommunication service or operating a system which is the combination of more than one of those facilities{ref. clause (19)};

(6) “Person” includes an individual having natural personality, a partnership, society, company, corporation, co-operative society and statutory body.

Some other important definitions and explanations of Bangladesh Telecommunications Act-2001:

(7) “telecommunication” means transmission and reception of any speech, sound, sign, signal, writing, visual image or any other intellectual expression by way of using electricity or electro-magnetic or electro-chemical or electromechanical energy through cable, pipe, radio, optical fiber or other electro-magnetic or electro-chemical or electro-mechanical or satellite communication system {ref. clause (11)};

Explanation:

(1) Magnetic-energy, electromagnetic power, electro-chemical or electrical mechanical energy is the technology used for electronic information and data exchange.
(2) Pipe means the means used for exchanging secure data.
(3) Optical - Electronic data is exchanged through illumination.


(8) “telecommunication apparatus” means an apparatus used for transmission or reception of anything that falls within the purview of the definition of telecommunication {ref. clause (12)};


(9) “telecommunication system” means a combination of the telecommunication apparatus (e.g. switching system, transmission apparatus, terminal apparatus, satellite etc.) whether or not these equipment are visibly connected with one an-other, or whether or not they are combine used in the transmission or reception of any information or message{ref. clause (13)};


(10) “telecommunication network” means a combination of a set of nodes and links that establish telecommunication between two or more points {ref. clause (14)};


(11) “interference causing apparatus” means an apparatus or device, other than radio apparatus, that interferes or is of capable of causing interference in radio communication {ref. clause (17)};


Sec-97B. Evidentiary Value -

Notwithstanding anything contained in any other Acts or Evidence Act, 1872 (Act No. 1 of 1872). The information so gathered under section -97A shall be accepted as the evidence in the proceeding of a trail.


Sec-97C. Penalty for the breach of a rule of section 97A.-

If any officer, being served in any intelligence agency, national security agency, investigating agency, national security agency, investigating agency or law and order enforcing agency within the meaning of section 97A, deliver any order or instruction upon authorized by the Government and if the order aforesaid is violated by any person, then he

a) As far as the offence committed in the first time, he shall be awarded imprisonment of three months or fine of five lac taka to ten lac taka or the both and unless otherwise recovered the same, the person shall be awarded for one month;

b) As far as the offence committed in the second time, the person shall be awarded imprisonment for one year or fine which may equivalent to five to ten lac taka or the both and unless otherwise recovered the aforesaid, the person shall imprisoned for six months;

c) As far as the offence committed for the third time of or for each time afterwards, the person shall be imprisoned for three years or fine of twenty five lac to fifty lac or the both and unless otherwise recovered, he shall be awarded imprisonment for one year and is the court deems fit may recommend to the commission to terminate the license under the name of the person aforesaid.