BRTC fines Grameenphone Tk.30 crore over telecom law violation

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Rbd Desk :

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has set a fine of Tk.30 crore for mobile phone operator Grameenphone, for their involvement in providing internet service violating Telecommunication Act 2001.

BTRC took the decision to impose the fine in its regular commission meeting on Sunday.

Spokesperson of the commission, Sarwar Alam told reporters that they will send a notice to Grameenphone in this regard within the next one or two days.

In a statement, Grameenphone Head of External Communications Sayed Talat Kamal said they have not received any such official communication from the regulator.

He, however, said Go Broadband service was launched after following all necessary steps and permissions from the relevant authorities.

On February 29, Internet Service Provider Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB) filed a complaint with BTRC saying that Grameenphone’s ‘Go Broadband’ was offering optical fibre connection, which violates the Wi-Max policy guidelines of the regulatory body.

Go Broadband is a coordinated Wi-MAX service provider by Agni Systems Limited and ADN Telecom Limited in partnership with Grameenphone Ltd.

Later, BTRC asked Go Broadband, which was originally aimed to be a Wi-MAX service provider, to submit its all business documents by April 13.

BTRC’s engineering and operations department issued the directive to the Go Broadband asking for all agreement signing papers along with the details of the branches run by the firm.

The complaint also mentioned the firm signed an agreement with the state-owned Sonali Bank to provide optical fibre connection breaching the guidelines.

ISPAB said such practices by a firm were resulting in ‘enormous losses’ for other firms in the business.

ISPAB had requested the BTRC to investigate into the alleged violations and take necessary steps to maintain fair competition among all the Internet service providers.

The BTRC also inquired about the relations among Go Broadband, Agni System Ltd, Grameenphone and ADN Telecom.

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