No MFS cost hike for customers: BTRC

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jun 19,2019

 
 

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission on Tuesday assured that its directive on mobile financial services would not increase any MFS cost for customers.
The telecom regulator made the clarification as there were no specifics in its directive on MFS whether the customers or the MFS operators would bear the charge of Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), a mobile phone operator-driven service.
Under the BTRC directive issued on June 13 this year, the mobile operators were allowed to charge revenue generating MFS Tk 0.85 and non-revenue generating mobile financial transaction Tk 0.4 for each session of USSD of 90 seconds.
The BTRC directive mentioned that the mobile operators would get charge from the MFS operators based on the usage of USSD sessions by the MFS subscribers.
It, however, did not mention whether the MFS operator would charge its customers or not, resulting in confusion.
On Tuesday, the BTRC in its clarification, however, mentioned that the rate was set based on a consensus reached between the mobile phone operators and the MFS operators on August 14 last year.
The charges for using USSD session for revenue-generating and non-revenue generating MFS transaction have been imposed on the MFS operators, the BTRC clarification said.

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