The two companies failed to pay Tk13,446 crore dues
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has issued show cause notices to mobile phone operators Grameenphone, and Robi over their failure to pay their dues to the government exchequer.
The notice seeks explanation on why licenses of the two companies should not be cancelled for their failure to pay Tk13,446 crore in dues.
BTRC issued the notice on Thursday according to Section 46(2) of the Telecommunication Act 2001.
BTRC senior Assistant Director Zakir Hossain Khan said, the operators have to send their explanation within 30 days.
After running an audit on the two mobile phone operators, BTRC in 2016 claimed Tk12,579.95 crore from Grameenphone, leader in the country’s telecom service sector, and Tk867.23 crore from Robi, the second largest operator, in taxes and late fees accumulated over several years.
On July 4, the BTRC slashed Grameenphone’s bandwidth by 30%, and Robi’s by 15% for failing to clear the dues.
But they lifted the bandwidth block on July 17 considering the inconvenience it was causing the subscribers.
On July 22, the BTRC decided not to give any kind of approval to the two mobile phone operators to roll out new packages or services, or import network equipment in order to pressure them into clearing their dues.