Bangladesh Mobile Phone Consumers Association on Wednesday demanded that the government reduce the minimum mobile call charge to Tk 0.25 a minute as it was before the recent increase.
The organisation made the demand at an open press conference at the National Press Club in Dhaka.
BMPCA president Mohiuddin Ahmed said that the government should formulate separate rules for setting tariffs in the telecommunication sector to protect the consumers.
He also demanded removal of network problem and value-added tax on internet, preventing the mobile operators from sending promotional messages to users, setting call charge before MNP introduction and implementation of mobile internet speed at 20Mbps within six months as per the regulator’s contract in pertaining to the 4G launch.
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission on August 14
announced new tariff rates, ranging from Tk 0.45 to Tk 2 per minute, scrapping the provision of separate floor prices for on-net and off-net of Tk 0.25 and Tk 0.60 respectively.
Mohiuddin said that the government should publicly disclose the reasons for the rate hike.
The association feels that the government raised the call rate considering the interests of the mobile companies only, he said.
He said that the increased call rate raised the consumers’ expenses by Tk 10-20 a day.
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