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The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has initiated a move to stop renewing the existing voice and data packages of Grameenphone and Robi, supplementing its recent measure to halt approval for any new package. The commission took the measures as part of its move to recover Tk 13,446.95 crore in audit claim from the two operators. To this end, the telecom regulator sent a proposal to the posts and telecommunications ministry for approval, a senior BTRC official told New Age on Wednesday. Once the proposal is approved by the ministry, the commission would implement the decision, he said.

At present, GP has approval for running around 40 voice and data packages excluding promotional offers while the other operator, Robi, has approval for operating over 100 packages and offers for the customers. Usually the BTRC approves packages for one year and then the operators are allowed running such packages for more than one year subject to intimation to the commission. Apart from halting renewal of the existing packages, the BTRC also proposed that the telecom ministry issue show-cause notices to GP and Robi asking why the licences of the telcos would not be cancelled for breaching telecom act by refraining from paying the regulatory claim. The BTRC demanded Tk 12,579.95 crore from GP as audit claim this year and Tk 867 crore from Robi on the same ground last year.

Source: New Age, 08.08.2019


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