Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has initiated a move to refrain from supporting and giving any sort of approval to mobile phone operator Robi Axiata Limited for non-compliance with a BTRC order.
A senior BTRC official told New Age on Thursday that an instruction of the commission in this connection was disseminated to its different departments for compliance on the day.
The commission came up with the move in connection with Robi’s non-payment of Tk 20,400 fine till Thursday that was slapped by the commission last year.
The telecom regulator imposed the penalty for Robi’s delay to block its four SIMs that were found to be used for illegal call transmission, widely known as illegal VoIP calls.
The SIM cards were detected by the commission in October, 2016 by BTRC’s SIM Box Detection System.
In January this year, BTRC issued a letter to Robi chief executive officer, asking the operator to pay Tk 20,400 fine that had been imposed in this regard.
For the last instance, BTRC on September 20 this year issued a letter asking the operator to pay the penalty within 7 days.
The operator neither paid the fine nor gave any reply to BTRC following the letter, the official said.
Besides, a decision of the posts and telecommunications ministry, taken on February 15 this year, was in place to stop operation of the mobile phone companies which will not pay fines that would be slapped for illegal use of SIMs.
Apart from the decision, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Act, 2001 also allows BTRC to suspend or close operation of any entity under its jurisdiction for nonpayment of penalty.
As the operator has around 4 crore customers, the regulator initially refrained from taking any harsh decision for the greater interest of its subscribers, another BTRC official said.
The commission will take tougher action if the operator continues to neglect or disobey BTRC order, he said.
Contacted, a Robi official, however, refrained from giving any comment regarding the issue stating that the operator was yet to receive any letter from the commission.
As per the government instruction, mobile operators are bound to block illegal VoIP SIMs within 3 hours after detection.
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