3 telcos pay Tk 23 bln 2G licence fees
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on on Sept. 1, 2012, 12:07 p.m.
Thu, Aug 30th, 2012 8:13 pm BdST
Dhaka, Aug 30 (bdnews24.com)—Three private mobile-phone operators on Thursday deposited over Tk 23.72 billion in second instalment of their fees for renewing 2G licences.
Grameenphone, Banglalink and Robi paid the money to the telecoms regulatory body Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) in the afternoon.
The fourth private mobile-phone operator, Citycell did not deposit its second instalment until Thursday.
BTRC Chairman Zia Ahmed told bdnews24.com that the three operators deposited their second instalments including 15 percent VAT. Of the amount, Grameenphone deposited over Tk 10.8 billion, Banglalink more than Tk 6.57 billion and Robi over Tk 6.33 billion.
Speaking about Citycell not paying the scheduled fee of Tk 1.5 billion, Ahmed said the company will be contacted and it will have to add late fee to the renewal charge.
On Aug 27, BTRC in a letter asked the four operators to deposit Tk 34 billion as outstanding bills and licence renewal fee by Aug 30. According to the letter, the four operators had an outstanding bill of over Tk 10.78 billion since 2010.
The licence renewal fee is Tk 23.25 billion without the 15 percent VAT required to be paid with the fee. The four operators are paying Tk 75.63 billion for renewing their licences. They cleared their first instalments of Tk 31.84 billion in November last year.
After a wrangle of nine months, 2G licences of the operators were renewed on Aug 7. BTRC was supposed to renew the licences by Nov 10 but it did not and the operators took the issue to the High Court which is yet to give a ruling.
On July 26 this year, Finance Minister AMA Abdul Muhith had said that 2G licences would be renewed by August.
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