The four mobile phone companies operating in the country have implemented a regulatory directive that capped tariff on pay-per-use internet without subscribers’ consent at Tk 5, officials said.
According to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission directive, the operators have to take consent from users for charging above Tk 5 under the pay-per-use internet tariff.
Users, however, would be able to use internet worth above Tk 5 under the tariff upon giving visible consent to the mobile phone operators.
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.
A senior BTRC official told New Age on Monday that the commission had already received confirmation from all the mobile phone operators regarding the implementation of the commission’s directive.
Officials of three private mobile phone operators — Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink — confirmed New Age that they had implemented the directive from June 1, the fresh deadline set by the BTRC to implement the directive.
State-owned mobile phone operator Teletalk also implemented the instruction in June after a delay in the execution due to technical reasons, the BTRC official said.
Under the pay-per-use internet tariff, users are charged Tk 1 a megabyte of data by the mobile phone operators.
The charge is significantly high compared with that for other internet packages of the operators, prompting the telecom regulator to impose limit.
The June 1 deadline to impose cap over the pay-per-use internet tariff was set by a BTRC directive issued on May 7.
The telecom regulator set the fresh deadline after the mobile operators refrained from implementing its earlier directive that had asked them to implement the cap by March 1.
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