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Thursday, 28 February 2008

Mobile sector

Staff Correspondent

The government has formed a coordination cell to maintain discipline in the mobile phone sector and ensure its revenue earning from the six operators in the country.

The seven-member committee, headed by a commissioner of the Bangladesh Telecommuni-cations Regulatory Commission, was formed in early February because of allegations that some private mobile operators had deprived the government of due revenue by evading tax, particularly by showing lower numbers of the sales of mobile phone connections.

'We have formed the committee to discipline the mobile phone industry as well as to plug revenue leakage,' said Manzurul Alam, chairman of the BTRC on Tuesday.

The other members of the cell include two representatives from National Board of Revenue, one representative each from the Bangladesh Bank and posts and telecommunications ministry, with a deputy director of the BTRC who will act as the member secretary of the cell.

Officials of BTRC said that despite the fact that the country's six mobile phone operators are major contributors to the government exchequer, there are still allegations that some of them have evaded tax by availing themselves of various loopholes in the system.

According to officials of the finance ministry, the government earned around Tk 1,000 crore in 2007 from SIM taxes only.

The government had earlier imposed a tax of Tk 800 for selling each mobile connection. The number of mobile phone subscribers in the country rose to over 34 million at the end of last year.

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