The government is trying to reduce internet price at the consumer-level within next six months, state minister for posts and telecommunication Tarana Halim said.
She said this on Wednesday after a meeting with the telecom and internet operators at the secretariat regarding internet price.
The post and telecommunication ministry called on the meeting following the growing criticism on internet pricing.
The meeting was attended by representatives from Nationwide Telecommunication Transmission Network, Internet Service Providers, mobile operators and submarine cable companies.
‘We are currently third lowest country in terms of internet price at end users level and trying to become the lowest country,’ said Tarana.
‘For reducing the internet price, a reduction in the government revenue sources including VAT and other taxes, in the sector will be proposed,’ she said.
A letter will be sent to the finance minister in this regard within a day or two, Tarana said.
‘We will try to reach to a conclusion regarding internet price in next six months on the basis of reports from the mobile phone operators, IIGs, NTTNs and Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission,’ she said.
The minister said that the operators also asked the ministry to explain in two days whether there was any sort of negligence in setting internet price.
‘Although the price of per MBPs internet has been reduced to Tk 625 from Tk 27,000 in 2009, the reflection at consumers’ end is not that significant,’ she said.
Tarana also asked the mobile operators to stop all kinds of free offering of data and adjust it with the real price, which also can be helpful to reduce the cost of regular users, said Tarana.
The minister during the meeting asked operators to explain regarding the internet users’ allegation that the operators charge internet price manifold than it should be.
The operators were also asked to publish notifications in newspapers on how they set prices of internet so that the users can get the real information in this regard.
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