No mini internet package from Jan 27: BTRC

Staff Correspondent

16th January, 2019 09:28:00 printer

The mobile network operators (MNOs) are barred from running any internet package having less than seven days validity from January 27.

The telecom regulatory authority, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), took the decision recently.

The BTRC has already sent directives to all MNOs to stop running the mini internet package which have actually appeared as burden for the internet users.

The regulatory body Chairman Md Jahurul Haque revealed the information during a view exchange meeting with the members of Telecom Reporters’ Network, Bangladesh (TRNB) at BTRC office on Wednesday.

 “Although, we had taken the decision earlier to stop such packages, but didn’t able to implement it instantly for the ongoing offer of MNOs. Approval of those packages will be expired in February 27 which would pave the way for implementation of the new decision,” said the BTRC Chairman. He said that the customer would get the unused data highest six cycles with renewal of the ongoing packages. BTRC director (System and Service) Lt Col Azizur Rahman said all the MNOs are directed to follow the instruction regarding unused data strictly. Besides, BTRC has also set priority to ensure quality of services (QoS) for the mobile phone users in Bangladesh.

“We’ve taken QoS for the mobile phone users as a challenge. We must ensure it and to do so, if necessary, legal action would be taken,” said the BTRC Chairman. Mentioning that BTRC has set some parameters for the QoS, he said: “A consultancy firm with our own equipment is running a survey to know the actual scenario across the country.”

“Based on the result on those parameters, we will set next course of action to ensure the QoS. . .There will be no mercy in the case of QoS,” added the chairman. Jahurul Haque also hinted that they would introduce ranking system for the mobile network operators on the basis of the parameters of QoS.

BTRC Commissioner Md Rezaul Quader said apart from the QoS, they would also focus on health issue from the radiation, tower sharing, network and few others customer centric issues.