Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – The telecom regulator has asked the mobile operator Grameenphone (GP) to sit with them on Monday for discussing about their queries regarding unpaid payment of BDT 30.34 billion and audit report.

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regularity Commission (BTRC) issued a letter on Wednesday in response to the GP’s letter on audit report of the telecom regulator that came into light Monday.

BTRC chairman Zia Ahmed said the Commission invited the GP to discuss about the audit report and dues. He also said the operator could sit with the BTRC rather than holding press conference, according to the Financial Express (FE) reports.

GP chief communication officer (CCO) Kazi Monirul Kabir confirmed about the BTRC letter to the FE, and said they will point out the incongruities of the audit report in the meeting with the regulator.

He hoped the BTRC will consider their logical demand for the greater interest of the company.

On October 4, the BTRC asked the GP to pay BDT 30.34 billion of its dues with 15 per cent compound interest by October 24 this year or face music.

Of the total amount, the GP has to pay BDT 21.465 billion as fees to the BTRC, and rest BDT 8.875 billion to the National Board of Revenue (NBR).

The BTRC has identified various anomalies after auditing the operator’s financial report and relevant documents since its inception until March 31, 2011.

The anomalies include manipulation of data, and hiding actual number of subscribers, amount of SIM tax, spectrum charge, voice SMS and Internet usage, and outgoing call revenue sharing, the newspaper reported.

BBN/SSR/AD-06Oct11-1:24 am (BST)