BTRC declares GrameenPhone as a dominant player

11 Feb 2019

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has declared Grameenphone (GP) as holding Significant Market Power (SMP), four months after the adoption of The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (Significant Market Power) Regulations 2018 in November 2018. The Daily Star writes that the regulator has declared GP as holding SMP in two categories: subscribers and revenue, with the operator accounting for 46.33% of the country’s active customer base in 2018, while its revenue share has been more than 50% for several years. The BTRC informed the market leader in a letter that it may be subject to additional restrictions, while unnamed sources revealed that the commission is working on eight points that may see GP charged additionally for customer acquisition. The regulator is also planning to increase the SMP operator’s tariffs for both voice calls and data and impose different quality control parameters on the cellco.

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