The government has filed 15 cases to realize late fees on International Gateway (IGW) licenses from Telex Ltd, Vision Tel Ltd, Bestec Telecom Ltd, Ratul Telecom Ltd, Apple Global Telecommunications Ltd, and Kay Telecommunications Ltd.
“Some Tk921.01 crore is due as late fees from six inactive IGW licenses and Tk145.25 crore is due from 21 active IGW licenses,” Post, Telecommunications and ICT Minister Mostafa Zabbar said in reply to a question from treasury bench member AKM Rahmatullah in the National Parliament on Wednesday.
He added that Tk1,303 crore is due from the Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL).
The minister further said the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) had filed three cases against Telex Ltd and four cases against Vision Tel Ltd.
In addition, the BTRC filed two cases against Bestec Telecom Ltd, two against Ratul Telecom Ltd, two against Apple Global Telecommunications Ltd, and two against Kay Telecommunications Ltd.
Meanwhile, the minister also informed the House that the present government had issued 25 IGW and 23 Interconnection Exchange (ICX) licenses.
“The government earned Tk13,190 crore in revenue from license fees and revenue sharing on 29 IGW licenses from January 1, 2009, to April 3, 2018,” he said, adding that over Tk2,773 crore was generated from license fees, revenue sharing and late fees on 23 ICX licenses.