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Mobile phone users face fresh surcharge  

The tax authority plans to impose a 1 percent surcharge on the use of mobile phone, the proceeds from which will be spent on promoting rural education, officials said. The National Board of Revenue earlier slapped a 1 percent surcharge on mobile handset sales, effective from the current fiscal year. The new surcharge, if imposed, will put extra pressure on the users who already pay 15 percent value added tax on their phone bills. Due to the VAT, a user actually gets talk time of Tk 85 against a top-up of Tk 100 as Tk 15 is deducted by mobile operators. The surcharge will leave the user with Tk 84 talk time.

BTCL refuses to reconnect UK firm despite court order    

The country’s state-owned telecommunications company is refusing to reconnect a British firm to the country’s network despite having been ordered to do so by the courts. London-based Zamir Telecom has been cut off from the Bangladesh network since March, causing it significant financial damage. Telecoms minister, Abdul Latif Siddique, has admitted giving the order for the disconnection of Zamir Telecom from the Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL). naufal-zamirThis was in breach of a 2010 court order overturning a similar situation. Zamir Telecom successfully challenged BTCL in a Dhaka court in ea...

Mobile operators oppose fixed line licence change

Country’s six mobile operators have raised concerns over the government's plan to let fixed phone operators provide limited mobility services by amending their licence conditions. Such a move would create huge anomalies in the telecom sector, chief executives of six mobile operators said in a letter to the telecoms secretary. BD TelcomThe concern arose following newspaper reports that the fixed line operators would be able to provide mobile services to subscribers in...

Foreign venture optimistic to participate in BD telco market

Bangladesh has discovered a way to grow its telecom sector in spite of some odds. The nation of more than 150 million people, with its comparatively low GDP per capita, has been involved in the creation of a very competitive mobile telco market. Most noticeable has been the willingness of Bangladesh to encourage foreign participation in these endeavours. Bangladesh though remains one of the poorest, most densely populated, least developed countries in the world; yet it has somehow managed to show considerable spirit in the development of its telecom sector. BD Telcom

Voice market becoming sluggish: Robi CEO

The outgoing Managing Director and Chief Executive officer (CEO) of cellular phone operator Rob,i Michael Kuehner said, the voice market of the country is becoming sluggish, as the data market is booming. ”Voice revenue becoming flatter where as the data market growth is really very fast in Bangladesh.. Currently data growth is really fast in the country and we are optimistic about it,” said Kuehner while he met with Telecom Reporters’ network Bangladesh (TRNB) at his office, reports BSS. Michael KuehnerMichael Kuehner who wor...

Mobile financial service should be free from overregulation: experts

Telecom financial services experts here today called for keeping the mobile financial services out of over-regulation so that the 50 percent unbanked population of the world could be incorporated into the financial services to boost it in future. They have also consented that collaboration between the banking, financial service and telecommunication regulators might establish a platform where the unbanked people would get opportunity to avail different kinds of financial services smoothly with the access of mobile banking, as 75 percent of world's population has the access to mobile communication, reports BSS. Their observations came at a panel discussion "Many Faces of Mobile Financial Services" at the final day of the ITU Telecom World 2013 that began on November 19 in the capit...