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12:00 AM, September 10, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:34 AM, September 10, 2018

Mobile internet pricing set for adjustments

Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar yesterday said the government has taken an initiative to adjust prices of data packages of mobile internet services.

The minister was talking to reporters after a meeting with an eight-member delegation of Estonia led by its Foreign Minister Sven Mikser at the secretariat.

Terming internet the lifeline of digital Bangladesh, Jabbar said the government has taken a special initiative to make it easy for customers to use internet.

“The government has taken an initiative to bring discipline in the price of internet in data packages for mobile users. At present a disorganised and indisciplined situation has been prevailing in the price of internet for mobile phones, but we will ensure that the situation no longer prevails like this.”

Mobile phone users have faced problems while using internet, as the service providers offer data for specific durations, but the packages' remaining data volume do not carry forward during renewal, which is a loss for customers, he said. “The government has taken initiatives to adjust it,” he added.

“We can only reduce the price of mobile phones but to reduce internet tariffs, an analysis report is needed from International Telecommunication Union (ITU), though a cost analysis report has already reached the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC),” said the minister.

Referring to allegations of customers in using package during off-rate and on-rate, the minister said, “The government is going to launch the much-awaited mobile number portability (MNP) service within the first week of October, and once the service is launched the standard of mobile service will be improved.”

Fiber optic cable network will be distributed in all unions except for 772 ones of the country by December, and the rest will be distributed in phases, he said.

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