Update November 10, 2015

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BTRC Chief hints political intervention for realising dues

Sumel Sarker

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission

BTRC Chief hints political intervention for realising dues

10 November 2015, Nirapad News: Setting up the call termination issues as the top agenda, new chairman of the telecom regulator, BTRC, Dr Shahjahan Mahmood hinted that he would go for political intervention to collect the outstanding due to different operators.

“Not only our (BTRC) legal department is working for the outstanding due but also different legal firms are also involved with the issues. You (journalists) also know sometimes the issue would not be only a legal aspect as there is political involvement…after the legal decision, if the money is not collected, I will raise the issue to the highest political level,” he vowed.

Dr Shahjahan Mahmood, who has taken the Charge of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on October 26, expressed the determination at the view-exchange meeting with the Telecom Reporters’ Network, Bangladesh (TRNB) at his office today.

Different types of operators including cellular phone, IGW owe several hundred crore of Taka to the telecom regulator as revenue sharing.

At his first appearance before the journalists, Dr Mahmood fixed call termination as top most agenda at his working list for the next three months. He said “my first priority is to set up a standard level of call termination which could be followed as benchmark to maintain it.”

“Besides, I would try to ensure the quality of services for the mobile phone users as the second priority,” said Mahmood.

About third most main concern, the regulator chief said “I must work for increasing people’s trust and respect overcoming any kind of false propaganda prevailing in the market against the BTRC”.

Talking on illegal uses of VoIP, Dr Mahmmood who worked for US Navy before joining BTRC said the issue also might get priority. “We’ll soon sit in commission meeting and also take help of technical experts to formulate a comprehensive “master plan” to curb the illegal uses of VoIP,” he added.

Mentioning his believe on transparency and openness, the BTRC Chief said if any organization has not the two qualities, the organization would not win people’s respect and trust.

Dr Shahjahan Mahmood sought cooperation from the journalists as well as all the industry people for the betterment of the telecom sector.

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