SMP conditions on Grameenphone

BTRC chair informs after receiving Tk 1,000cr from GP

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:04, May 19,2020


The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission will soon implement the significant market power regulations, said BTRC chairman Md Jahurul Hauqe at an online press briefing on Tuesday.

The commission organised the briefing after Grameenphone handed over pay orders worth Tk 1,000 crore to the BTRC on the day as per court orders.

The BTRC chairman said that a committee of the commission was working on the implementation of the significant market power regulations and it would be able to finalise their jobs in the next 15 days.

The commission will implement the SMP regulations soon after the committee completes its task, said Jahurul.

Mobile phone operator Robi recently alleged that the recent promotional packages of GP approved by the BTRC would allow the telecom operator to attain a greater market share in the name of corporate social responsibility.

In response to a question regarding the allegation, BTRC director general Brigadier General Md Mustafa Kamal said that the commission had followed the international best practices in approving GP’s packages.

‘We have done exactly what can be done during a pandemic like coronavirus along with other disasters,’ Mustafa said.

Speaking about GP’s payment, Jahurul said, ‘I would like to congratulate mobile phone operator GP as they have paid Tk 1,000 crore more in line with the court instructions ahead of time.’

‘Although we were blamed as extortionists, the commission so far did everything to protect the interest of the state,’ he said, adding that the order of the Appellate Division proved that the allegations were wrong.

He also desired to resolve the issue through mutual discussion.

GP chief executive officer Yasir Azman said that the mobile phone operator had complied with the order of the Appellate Division fully by paying Tk 2,000 crore.

‘On February 23 this year, GP paid the first tranche and today we have cleared the remaining Tk 1,000 crore as instructed by the court,’ Yasir said.

He also mentioned that the operator received every cooperation from the BTRC after the payment of the first tranche in February.

Yasir also said that he wanted to solve problems through discussion in future.

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