BTRC imposes four SMP restrictions on GP; Nokia migrates GP user base to new platform

20 Feb 2019

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has imposed four additional restrictions on GrameenPhone (GP) after declaring the cellco as holding Significant Market Power (SMP) earlier this month, The Daily Star writes. The operator was asked to immediately implement the new restrictions, which include a ban on signing any exclusive deals with goods and service providers and a ban on nationwide ad campaigns marketing its dominance. GP is also required to reduce its call drop rate to less than 2% (currently 3.4%, higher than its competitors according to a BTRC study conducted in November 2018), while subscribers wishing to switch their mobile provider will be required to stay with GP for only 30 days (90 days for other operators). In another letter, the telecoms regulator said it would evaluate the situation related to the four restrictions within six months and add new restrictions if required, including the possible imposition of a different termination rate for GP.

Elsewhere, Nokia and GP have completed the migration of the cellco’s 72 million customers to the Nokia User Data Convergence (UDC) cloud core platform. Nokia deployed the solution in two cities in Bangladesh as part of an agreement with GP’s parent company Telenor, under which Nokia will move all of Telenor’s Asia subsidiaries to a cloud core platform, located in their respective countries of operation.

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