GP-BTRC conflict to be resolved in 3 weeks: Finance Minister


Dhaka, September 18: Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Wednesday said the ongoing conflict between Grameenphone and the BTRC over the payment of the telecom regulator’s dues will be resolved through discussion within three weeks.“We will reach at a solution over the conflict between Grameenphone and the BTRC for the GP’s failure to pay unpaid dues. The conflict will be resolved through discussion within three weeks,” he said.

Mustafa Kamal was speaking at a joint press briefing with Telecom and ICT Minister Mustafa Jabbar at his office.

Earlier, the finance minister held a meeting with Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) and Grameenphone, where Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Grameenphone Michael Foley, among others, was present.

Kamal said it was decided in the meeting that the BTRC will withdraw the show cause notice which was issued to the Grameenphone.

Besides, Grameenphone also will remove the case filed with a Dhaka court, he said.

On September 5, BTRC issued show cause notices to the operators asking them to explain within 30 days why their lincences would not be cancelled for not paying the dues.

Mobile carriers Robi and Grameenphone, on August 25 and 26 respectively, filed two cases with a Dhaka court, seeking permanent injunctions against the telecom regulator’s audit claims of Tk 13,447 crore.