Robi faces BTRC wrath for using Bangla Phone NTTN service

HM Murtuza | Published: 00:05, May 12,2018

 
 

A file photo shows a signboard of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission installed outside its office in Dhaka. The BTRC has issued a show-cause notice to Robi Axiata Limited as the mobile phone company continued to take nationwide telecommunication and transmission service from Bangla Phone Limited which has no licence for doing the business. — New Age photo

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has issued a show-cause notice to Robi Axiata Limited as the mobile phone company continued to take nationwide telecommunication and transmission network service from Bangla Phone Limited which has no licence for doing the business.
A senior official of the commission said that the commission thrice instructed Robi not to take NTTN service from Bangla Phone but the mobile phone company continued to take the service in violation of the BTRC instruction.
BTRC officials said the operator has been using Bangla Phone’s fibre transmission network in many of its sites.
They also said that most of the sites were set up in 2013 and located mostly in Chittagong and Comilla regions.
The BTRC show-cause notice issued on April 25 this year asked the mobile phone company to explain in seven days, upon receiving the BTRC notice, why Robi would not be restrained from taking telecom transmission service from Bangla Phone, an official of the commission told New Age on Wednesday last week.
Although the commission has already issued notice to Robi three times, the entity is yet to comply with the instruction in violation of its licencing conditions as well as Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Act, 2001, the BTRC notice said.
The permit that the commission issued in favour of Bangla Phone Limited in 2009 expired in 2015, meaning that Bangla Phone was also violating Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Act, 2001, by continuing its operation, it said.
Supporting Bangla Phone to provide illegal service was also another violation of telecom act by Robi, the BTRC letter said.
The BTRC official also said that the mobile operators, however, was yet to give any reply to the commission’s notice.
The BTRC became concerned about illegal fibre transmission after it found that leading mobile operator Grameenphone violated rules while providing such connectivity to
Sonali Bank.
The regulator fined GP Tk 30 crore and formed a four-member committee to investigate illegal network transmission business by the mobile phone companies.
The BTRC in a notice on August 22, 2016 asked all operators not to take fibre transmission service from Bangla Phone and also warned that it would take action if any operator was found taking such service from the firm. 

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