GP to pay Tk 1,000cr to BTRC

Staff Correspondent | Published: 21:33, Feb 21,2020 | Updated: 00:10, Feb 22,2020


A file photo shows the Grameenphone head office in Dhaka. The Appellate Division on Sunday ordered Grameenphone to pay in three months Tk 2,000 crore out of Tk 12,579.95 crore claimed by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission as dues. — New Age photo

Bangladesh’s leading mobile telecommunications operator Grameenphone has decided to pay Tk 1,000 crore to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission on Sunday, complying Thursday’s Appellate Division order on its review petition.

Grameenphone informed it in a release issued by the telecom company’s head of external communications Md Hasan on Friday.

The release said that the company respected the legal system of Bangladesh, the Supreme Court direction, and looked forward to getting court protection from the pressure the commission applied on the company and its management.

‘BTRC has applied several actions to restrict Grameenphone’s operations, including declining no objection certificates, issuing show cause notice for license cancellation, denying recycling of number series and threatening the company with the appointment of an administrator,’ the release said.

‘These actions have had negative impact on customer experience and business partners, reduced confidence in the business environment and dented interest from investors,’ it said.

‘Grameenphone reiterates that the company disputes the validity of the BTRC audit claim and looks forward to having its position heard before the Honourable Courts. Grameenphone continues its dialogue with the authorities of Bangladesh to find an amicable and transparent solution to the dispute and protect the value to customers, partners and shareholders,’ the release read.

It said that the company, complying with the Supreme Court direction, expected that business operations would run without further obstacles and allow them to best serve their customers.

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