The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission on Monday cancelled the licence of international gateway operator Apple Global Tel Communication for non-payment of Tk 120 crore in dues.
The BTRC took the decision at a regular commission meeting presided over by its chairman Shahjahan Mahmood.
According to BTRC officials, Apple Global’s dues were incurred from revenue sharing, annual licence fee, late fee and interest payment to the regulator.
‘Apple Global’s operation was initially suspended because of non-payment of the dues but the company later applied to pay the dues in instalments. The commission approved the operator’s application but the company failed to keep its promise. Finally, the commission cancelled its licence,’ a senior BTRC official told New Age on Monday.
He said that to recover the money from Apple Global, the BTRC would file case under the Public Demand Recovery Act.
The BTRC in September 2013 blocked operations of 10 IGW operators but later allowed four of them to continue as they had started paying dues in instalments.
The BTRC finally suspended operations of six IGW operators and lodged cases against them for non-payment of around Tk 623 crore in revenue sharing.
The six operators — Ratul Telecom, Key Telecom, Bestec, SM Communication, Vision Tel and Telex Limited — are linked with ruling Awami League lawmakers.
The BTRC faced severe criticism after the dues of 29 IGW operators reached near Tk 1,000 crore in 2014 thanks to influence of the ruling party leaders.
Most of the IGW operators have strong link-up with some ruling party lawmakers. The lawmakers and their family members were directly involved with those companies.
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