Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has imposed sanction over ten Interconnection Exchange (ICX) operators due to non-payment of government’s revenue within the deadline.
The commission as a part of its move to recover dues worth around Tk 200 crore has imposed ceiling of international incoming calls on the ICX operators, a senior official told New Age on Wednesday.
Under the regulatory manures, the ICX operators will be allowed to handle highest 1,28,000 minutes international incoming calls per day, said a BTRC instruction issued last week.
The sanction was imposed as the entities did not clear their dues for January-March period of the year 2017 within September 21 despite BTRC’s warning that operational measures will be taken unless the dues were paid.
Asking the Internet Gateway operators Switch (IOS) and Access Network Services (ANS) to implement the ceiling, the BTRC letter said that the ceiling will be applicable on the companies until dues were cleared.
The entities are: Getco Telecommunications, Integrated Service, M&H Telecom, MM Communications, Micro Trade, Paradise Telecom, Purple Telecom, Ring Tech (Bangladesh), SR Telecom and Teleplus Newyork.
BTRC also warned the entities of international call termination suspension and legal action asking the entities to pay government’s dues soon.
Apart from the ten entities, the commission on Wednesday scrapped its bar, that was imposed on the same ground, from three entities — VoiceTel, Bantel, Cross World Telecom — as the entities cleared their dues after the imposition of sanction.
Present 26 ICX operators were terminating more than 6.1 crore minutes international incoming calls per day and the operators have to pay its 65.75 per cent revenue to the government within 25 days after the end of a quarter.
Although the telecom regulators recently drafted an amendment to the Interconnection Exchange (ICX) operators’ licensing guideline extending the deadline for the submission of money to 60 days after the end of a quarter instead of existing 25 days.
Besides, the draft amendment also proposed that the ICX operators’ revenue sharing with the government should be 50 per cent instead of 65.75 per cent.
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