Leading mobile phone operator Grameenphone has requested the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission to revise a decision of imposing fine amounting to Tk 30 crore on the company on charge of violating rule while providing broadband service.
Telecom regulator officials said that GP was given additional 15 days to pay the money after it missed the first deadline of payment on November 16.
At the end of 15 days of additional time GP requested for a revision of the decision under telecom act, they said.
‘Now the commission will decide whether there will be any revision of the decision. If the commission decides to revise, then as per rule there will be a hearing on the GP’s Tk 30-crore fine,’ a senior BTRC official told New Age on Wednesday.
On November 6, the BTRC asked GP to pay in 10 days Tk 30 crore on charge of ‘illegal broadband service’ provided under the brand name of GO Broadband in partnership with two internet service providers ADN Telecom Ltd and AGNI Systems Ltd.
The BTRC letter sent to GP on November 6 said that the mobile operator signed an agreement with Sonali Bank on the basis of an approval provided to ADN Telecom Ltd and AGNI Systems Ltd.
But the approval to ADN Telecom and ASL was annulled before the execution of the agreement between GP and Sonali Bank, said the BTRC letter.
Mobile operators are allowed to build optical/wired backbone transmission network only if the nationwide telecommunication transmission network, or NTTN, operators do not have that infrastructure, it also said.
GP built optical/wired backbone transmission network while providing services to Sonali Bank and violated the infrastructure sharing guidelines, said the letter.
GP in a response to the BTRC on November 16 denied to have committed any wrongdoing and said that the Tk 30-crore fine imposed on GP should be recalled and vacated.
It also said that the company did not violate the NTTN guidelines.
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