The news came as a surprise to many when the two MNC telecom companies, Grameenphone and Robi, were accused of dodging government dues. As shown in the audit reports, both GP and Robi have not been able to pay their dues to the government. GP and Robi both owe BTRC more than Tk 12,500 crore and Tk 850 crore, respectively.
As such, the telecom regulatory body has directed the two companies to pay the dues to the government. The telecom companies are however delaying the payment and BTRC officials have commented that they would do everything legally possible to retrieve the money. In a recent development, BTRC has limited the bandwidth of both Grameenphone and Robi as a form of penalty. However, the reduced bandwidth will affect the customers rather than the service providers.
The subscribers will suffer as the networks are becoming increasingly disruptive. The chairman of BTRC has even said that NOC and calls of the two companies would be blocked if necessary. Thus, the earlier the involved parties resolve this issue, the better it will be for the subscribers.