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18 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 18 April, 2019 02:17:02 AM
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GP call rate ‘likely to go up’

Staff Reporter, Dhaka
GP call rate ‘likely to go up’

The call rate of Grameen­phone, one of the leading telecom operators in the country, may go up as the company has been declared as a significant market power (SMP), according to sources at the Posts, Telecommu­nications and Information Technology Ministry.

Sources said officials concerned held a meeting in this regard yesterday. The Prime Minister’s ICT advisor, Sajeeb Wazed Joy, attended the meeting presided over by Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar.

As per the decisions taken at the meeting, Grameen­phone’s lowest call rate is likely to be increased as part of restrictions of being declared an SMP operator. The SMP is a regulation that imposes restrictions on an operator once it corners 40 per cent of the subscribers, revenues and spectrum. Bangladesh Telecommuni­cation Regulatory Commission (BTRC) declared Grameenphone as Significant Market Power(SMP) on February 11.

Contacted, Jabbar told The Independent that the Grameenphone issue was discussed at the meeting and some decisions were taken regarding the telecom operator being an SMP.  

“However, I will not disclose anything about it until documents in this regard are signed,” said the minister.

The development comes hours after Grameenphone, in a letter to the BTRC, labelled the telecom regulator’s recent audit demand of Tk 12,579.95 crore as “unfounded and without any legal basis” on Tuesday.

“The operator has requested that the demand be withdrawn and also requested discussions with a view to finding an amicable resolution,” it said in a press release.

On April 2 last, BTRC issued a demand against GP of Tk 8,494.01 crore to the telecom regulator and Tk 4,085.94 crore to the National Board of Revenue (NBR) within a period of 10 working days.

 

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