BTRC withdraws 4 SMP conditions on GP after 1 month

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Mar 20,2019 | Updated: 22:36, Mar 19,2019


Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission on Tuesday withdrew the four conditions it imposed in February on leading mobile phone operator Grameenphone as significant market power.
The letter regarding withdrawal of the conditions was issued following a decision of the commission taken at its meeting held on March 4 with its chairman Md Jahurul Haque in the chair.
Earlier, on February 18 this year, the commission barred GP from making any kind of market communication, allowed its customers to change operator within 30 days under mobile portability service instead of 90 days, barred the operator from signing any exclusive agreement with any party, and set mandatory call drop below 2 per cent.
The Significant Market Power Regulations 2018 allows the BTRC to impose conditions on GP as the mobile operator has more than 40 per cent market share in the mobile telecom service sector in terms of revenue and subscriber.
In the letter issued by the commission on Tuesday, however, proposed twenty conditions which could be imposed on the mobile phone operator as it was declared significant market power under the SMP regulations enacted by BTRC.
Under the proposed conditions, BTRC would set which activities would be allowed and which would be prohibited for the mobile phone operator.
Tuesday’s letter asked GP to submit its comment, if there is any, on the proposed conditions within 15 days.
The proposed areas are: asymmetric mobile termination rate, cross subsidy, MNP lock-in period, spectrum pricing, infrastructure sharing, exclusivity, loyalty campaign, product and service approval process/automatic approval of retail tariffs of non-SMP operators, social obligation fund, voice tariff, data floor price, parallel pricing or ante approval of retail tariffs, green technology or renewable energy, merger and acquisition threshold, corporate social responsibility, number of product, quality of service, revenue sharing and market communication.
The scrapped conditions are also included in the list of the newly proposed twenty conditions.
A statement of GP issued by its deputy general manager (external communications) Md Hasan on the day said, ‘Grameenphone welcomes BTRC’s decision to withdraw the SMP directives that were imposed.’
‘Grameenphone has supported a competitive framework in the market,’ said Hasan adding, ‘We will continue to work closely with the regulator to ensure our customers’ right to avail the best telecom services, and for the realisation of the government’s vision of a Digital Bangladesh.’

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