BTRC to probe telcos’ illegal transmission business

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:31, Nov 07,2016

 
 

The telecom regulator has formed a four-member committee to investigate illegal network transmission business by the mobile phone companies.
The committee will run inspections at the infrastructure of the mobile phone companies and also at the business entities which are taking network transmission services from the mobile operators.
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission on September 18 issued a directive, saying that a mobile phone operator would not be allowed to provide fibre optic connectivity to another operator.
‘The telecom operators have to take all type of fibre optic connectivity, both primary and secondary, from the national telecommunication transmission network operators,’ said the directive.
BTRC officials said it was found that the previous permission allowing mobile phone operators to provide secondary fibre connection was misused in many ways.
They said that mobile operators took their primary connection from other mobile operators, claiming that the collection was a secondary one.
‘Also the mobile operators are taking fibre connectivity violating the rules. There were cases of building own transmission network by the mobile operators violating rules,’ a senior BTRC official told New Age.
He said that the committee would submit a comprehensive report on the matter in the shortest possible time.
Meanwhile, the BTRC last week fined leading mobile operator Grameenphone Tk 30 crore for violating rules by providing internet services through own transmission network to state-run Sonali Bank.
The Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh in a recent letter to the BTRC said that the NTTN operators failed to provide quality services that was impacting the performance quality of the mobile operators.
It also said that although technically there were five NTTN licensees, only two of them were active and the others were not in competition.
The letter said that the mobile operators several times had requested the NTTN operators to maintain the quality of services but the effort went in vain as there was a lack of competition in the area.
According to the BTRC data, currently there are 54,228 kilometres of fibre optic cable in Bangladesh.
Of the total quantity, the NTTN operators hold the major share. Summit Communication has 20,670km, Fiber@ Home 15,468km, BTCL 4,935km, PGCB 4,402km and Bangladesh Railway has 2,105km of fibre optic cable.
Among the mobile phone operators, Banglalink has 3,001km, Grameenphone 2,490km and the other operators hold 1,157km in total. 

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