Telcos asked to set Tk 5 limit by June 1

HM Murtuza | Published: 22:22, May 09,2018


Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has set a fresh deadline of June 1 for mobile phone operators to limit customers’ internet pay per use within Tk 5.
The telecom regulator came up with the fresh instruction to the mobile phone companies on Monday as they continued to violate BTRC’s earlier directive in this regard, a senior official of the commission told New Age on Tuesday.
One of the leading mobile operators was earning more than Tk 1,200 crore every year in the absence of such limit, he informed.
Meanwhile, a BTRC conducted survey showed that 99 per cent of the mobile phone subscribers support the regulatory move to limit pay per use data, he said.
The BTRC letter, sent to the chief executive officers of all the mobile phone operators on Monday, also says that the operators must stop internet of customers once they completes using internet of Tk 5 under the pay per use tariff rate.
Operators, however, would be allowed to resume internet connection of the customer under the pay per use tariff after getting any visible consent from them.
In case of a data package user, mobile operator will have to take consent from the customer for the using pay per use data above Tk 5 once the data package ends.
Even if any customer agrees to continue with pay per use internet tariff rate, he or she, however, must not be charged above Tk 200 within a month under the tariff rate.
In February this year, the commission issued a directive in this regard asking mobile phone operators to implement the instruction within March 1, 2018.
Instead of implementing the instruction, mobile phone companies opposed the BTRC move.
At the same time, they proposed that the operators would stop the pay per use data only after getting customers’ request for discontinuation, BTRC official said.
Failing to convince BTRC, mobile phone operators also raised the issue at a meeting presided over by the prime minister’s ICT adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy.
Operators also failed to get any positive response from him as well.
The BTRC instruction issued in February also asked mobile phone operators to limit the number of offers and packages within 35 including highest 20 regular offers and 15 promotional offers.
The commission refrained from giving any further instruction regarding the offer issue as the mobile phone operators managed to convince the meeting, led by Joy, that the BTRC should go slow about implementing its move.

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