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No NOC until dues cleared

Says BTRC Chairman Jahurul Haque
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
No NOC until dues cleared

Bangladesh Telecommu-nication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) said it will refrain from issuing any kind of approval related to service and maintenance to Grameenphone and Robi until their dues are paid. “No new No Objection Certificate (NOC) would be given to the operators until the dues are cleared,” BTRC Chairman MD Jahurul Haque said in a press briefing in the capital yesterday.

The operators need NOC for so many purposes.

Under the current system, the mobile operators have to obtain NOCs before launching any package for users, importing radio equipment, and building new towers from the regulator.

Grameenphone and Robi have the highest number of customers in the country. BTRC data show that GP and Robi have 7.61 crore and 4.87 crore active connections respectively.

The mobile phone operators said the upgradation of infrastructure has become impossible as they are not getting NOCs.  New network site could not be developed. Because, the quality of services is not being maintained, they added.

“It is not true that the Quality of Services (QoS) is not being maintained just because the new towers cannot be installed. They also have lower spectrum. They need to take more spectrums to improve the quality of their services,” said Jahurul Haque.

Earlier on July 4 this year, the telecom regulator, in a bid to realize the dues, directed all the International Internet Gateway (IIG) operators to cut down 30 per cent bandwidth of GP’s total capacity while for Robi it was 15 per cent. But, later the directive was lifted on July 17 considering the inconvenience caused to the subscribers.

 After auditing the two companies, the BTRC in 2016 claimed Tk12,579.95 crore from market leader GP and Tk867.23 crore from Robi in taxes, and late fees that accumulated over the years.

According to the BTRC’s audit, Grameenphone has Tk 12,579 crore pending while Robi Tk 867 crore, and the two turned a deaf ear to the commission’s repeated claims.

The operators said the decision will not only hinder the telecom operators from providing new offers or services but also collecting network equipment to develop infrastructure further.

Earlier, Grameenphone and Robi said this ban on approvals is expected to have other corresponding implications for the industry as well.

While both the operators have been communicating on the continuous 4G development, areas of the country with 3G and 2G coverage are expected to face lower quality service during this transitional phase.

HM

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