Private mobile phone operator Robi and state-run operator Teletalk are using fibre transmission network of Bangla Phone although the telecom regulator warned mobile operators not to do business with Bangla Phone which doesn’t have a licence, said officials of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.
BTRC officials said that during a recent inspection at the Robi office the commission had found that the operator was using Bangla Phone’s fibre transmission network in more than 1,000 sites of the company.
They also said that most of the sites were set up in 2013 and located mostly in Chittagong and Comilla regions.
Teletalk is also using Bangla Phone’s network in its 1,000 sites of which 580 sites are in the Dhaka division, they said.
‘We are currently working on our findings. We will look for violation related to fibre network transmission in all operators. If anyone is found guilty, we will take action accordingly,’ a senior BTRC official told New Age when asked about the issue.
A senior official of Robi, however, said that there was a case pending at the High Court for which the operator could not cut off the business with Bangla Phone.
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 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.
According to the BTRC notice, Bangla Phone is not a nationwide telecommunications transmission network operator whereas only NTTN operators are allowed to provide such service.
It also said that the national ISP licence of the company had also expired.
At present, five entities — Power Grid Company of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited, Bangladesh Railway, Fiber@Home Limited and Summit Communications — have NTTN licences while only Summit and Fibre@Home are active in the business.
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