IOF (IGW Operators Forum) is a trade association approved by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) dedicated to representing and furthering the collective interests of International Gateway Operators in Bangladesh. Since it’s inception in 2014, IOF acts as an enabler for IGW operator community by striving to bringing stability within the international call termination sector through policy advocacy to the government, liaising with various stakeholders ranging from mobile operators to various law & regulatory authorities to help eradicate illegal call termination and thereby fostering a level playing field and a self-regulatory environment for its members.
At present 28 companies are the members of the Forum. Out of those 22 companies are operative now. Bangladesh is a country where approximately 90-100 million minutes of international incoming calls are being terminated legally everyday. The most call originating countries are Saudi Arabia, UAE, Malaysia, USA, Canada, Singapore, Australia etc.
Telecommunication sector is now the third largest foreign exchange earner in the country. At present foreign exchange earnings from this sector is about USD 600/700 million annually. A large amount of grey transactions in the form of illegal VOIP occur in the country. Government of Bangladesh has taken various steps to curb the illegal call terminations. IOF has joined hands with the government in its efforts to minimize the illegal VOIP call termination.