The government of Bangladesh will also set prices for mobile internet
ISMAIL HOSSAIN |
Aug 30, 2021 8:43:40 a.m.
August 30, 2021 6:05:48 p.m.
The government will fix prices for mobile internet services following the recent fixing of broadband internet.
The Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) was working on it, according to Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Mustafa Jabbar.
“We can’t let mobile internet prices run wild. This needs to be put in order,” he told the Financial Express.
He said a committee of experts has been formed and will sit with stakeholders to discuss and set prices for mobile internet services.
The number of mobile internet users in the country now stands at 110.90 million, which has grown exponentially over the past few years.
Mobile users increased by 3.4 million last June, according to statistics from the telecoms regulator.
Earlier this month, the BTRC set high-speed internet prices across the value chain to implement a uniform rate of internet usage across the country.
The BTRC set prices for transmission, bandwidth and services used by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) of the National Telecommunications Transmission Network (NTTN) and International Internet Gateway (IIG) operators.
Earlier in August 2018, the regulator set the uniform minimum call rate for all mobile operators at Tk 0.45 per minute.
Mr Jabbar said mobile operators set prices for internet packages as they see fit. “It can’t and won’t happen.”
However, he said the regulator would sit with operators and set prices.
The government has taken several initiatives to set mobile internet prices since 2013, but all attempts have so far failed.