Grameenphone’s writ removed from agenda
Published: 03:44 PM, 6 July 2020
High Court; File Photo
The High Court has removed the writ petition filed by the Grameenphone seeking suspension of the ban imposed on the company by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) from its agenda.
The High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim passed the order on Monday on the plea of the BTRC’s lawyer.
Barrister Mostafizur Rahman Khan, the lawyer of Grameenphone, appeared in the court while Lawyer Khandaker Reza-e Rakib was in favor of BTRC.
Grameenphone had filed the writ petition on June 27.
On June 21, the BTRC issued two restrictions on Grameenphone. Under the new restrictions, Grameenphone will not be able to offer any new services, offers, or packages without prior approval from July 1. The current offer or package also needs to be re-approved.
Besides, keeping the number correct, the ‘locking period’ for Grameenphone will be 60 days while changing the operator – which is 90 days in case of others. This means that Grameenphone numbers can be easily changed.
BTRC has imposed these restrictions on Grameenphone under the Significant Market Capacity Regulations 2018. Under this, the state-owned regulatory commission announced Grameenphone as Significant Market Power (SMP) operator on February 10 last year.
An SMP operator can be declared if a mobile phone service provider has more than 40 percent market share in one of the three sectors – customer base, revenue or wave. Grameenphone has a market share of 40% in terms of the number of subscribers and earned annual revenue.