Private mobile phone users are far away from getting completely free Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) incoming facilities, as the revenue sharing agreement between the Board and private mobile operators is yet to see light, reports BDNEWS.
Though the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) had taken an initiative regarding the agreement, nothing has come out of it so far.
The revenue sharing proposal has been lying for approval in the finance ministry for long, BTRC sources told the news agency Thursday.
Despite the revenue sharing agreement hanging in the balance, the BTTB has increased its charge for calls made to other mobile phones. Earlier, a caller from a BTTB phone to a cellphone could talk for five minutes at Tk 1.5. But now a caller has to pay Tk 1.5 for every minute.
However, subscribers of public mobile operator Teletalk pay no incoming charge under an agreement with the BTTB signed on July 18 last year.
The BTTB authority at that time had agreed to make same arrangements with other mobile operators.
According to the agreement, for a call from T&T to Teletalk, the BTTB pays the operator 30 paisa per minute, and from Teletalk to BTTB, the former pays the latter 70 paisa per minute.
For an international (ISD) call through the BTTB, the board pays Tk 1 per minute to Teletalk while Teletalk pays the BTTB Tk 2 per minute for the same.
The previous chairman of the BTTB had told the news agency that the agreement between the BTTB and private mobile operators would have to be revised following the revenue sharing agreement with Teletalk.
According to the private mobile operators, such an agreement would allow them to offer free BTTB incoming facilities to their subscribers as was in the case of Teletalk.