BTRC rejects Summit co’s plea to take NTTN service from sister co

HM Murtuza | Published: 23:54, Jan 27,2018

 
 

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has turned down a proposal from Cosmopolitan Communications, a nationwide ISP and a concern of Summit Group, to take NTTN service from Summit Communications, another concern of the group.
The telecom regulator took the decision as it found that Summit Holdings has 95 per cent ownership of both the companies— Cosmopolitan Communication and Summit Communication.
A senior official of the BTRC told New Age on Wednesday that the commission has already issued letters to the entities in this regard.
An official of Summit Communications told New Age, ‘We think that Cosmopolitan Communications should get the facility as they have some ground in this regard.’
‘Considering the fact, we would submit documents to BTRC for further review,’ he said.
NTTN service providers are responsible for developing, building, operating and maintaining Nationwide Telecommunications Transmission Networks, while the internet service providers use transmission networks of NTTN operators to provide internet service to the end users.
Speaking about the decision of BTRC, the official of the commission said that there is high possibility that Summit would ensure benefit for Cosmopolitan if the commission allows Cosmopolitan to take service from Summit.
Besides, Summit might provide discriminatory service to Cosmopolitan as owners of both the companies are same, the official said.
Providing such facility might lead the internet service providing sector toward instability, he said.
On the other hand, giving such approval to Summit and Cosmopolitan would also conflict with the government’s intention to formulate guidelines on NTTN to separate transmission network services from access network services, the BTRC official said.
Possibility of running operation of both the entities from the same entity due to its ownership pattern and chances of revenue calculation-related complexity were among other reasons behind the decision of the telecom regulator.
As BTRC has the mandate to ensure competition in the telecom sector for ensuring better and quality service, and to prevent discriminatory system in the sector under the Telecommunication Act—that also refrained BTRC from giving the approval.
The BTRC official also said that Cosmopolitan Communications could take the service from any other NTTN service providers.
Apart from Summit Communications, there are four other NTTN service providers — Fiber @ Home, Bangladesh Railway, Power Grid Company of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited, operating in the country.

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