BTRC slaps conditions on GP as SMP

Bars operator’s market communication

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Feb 19,2019 | Updated: 23:06, Feb 18,2019

 
 

A file photo shows a man walking past a Grameenphone customer service centre in Dhaka. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission on Monday imposed four conditions on leading mobile phone operator Gramenphone as significant market power, barring the operator to make any kind of market communication. — New Age photo

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission on Monday imposed four conditions on leading mobile phone operator Gramenphone as significant market power, barring the operator to make any kind of market communication.
The conditions were imposed under the significant market power regulations which came into force on November 14 last year.
On February 10, GP was declared as SMP in the mobile telecom sector considering its market share of above 40 per cent under two criteria.
BTRC commissioner Md Rezaul Quader told New Age, ‘We have imposed conditions over GP so that other operators can survive and compete with GP.’
Prevention of any possibility of monopoly was another reason for slapping the conditions on the operator, he said.
‘The conditions will become tougher day by day,’ Quader said.
The mobile phone operator, which held 46.33 per cent market share with 7.27 crore subscribers at the end of December last year, will have to comply with the new BTRC directive from March 1.
Under the new BTRC directive, customers switching to GP under mobile number portability service would be able to change the operator within 30 days while the condition of changing operator from Robi, Banglalink and Teletalk would remain unchanged — 90 days.
GP has also been barred from making any exclusive agreement with any entity while the operator would not be able to carry out any market communication through any media.
Apart from these, the operator must keep monthly call drop within 2 per cent.
BTRC would take measures if implementation of the regulatory directive puts any negative impact on the SMP operator.
For the breach of any regulatory order, BTRC can impose up to Tk 300 crore in administrative fine on mobile phone operators along with other telecom operators under sections 63 and 64 of the Telecommunication Act, 2001.

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