BTRC to open second audit into telcos


The telecom regulator will open the second phase of audits into mobile phone operators.

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has short-listed audit firms for the job and plans to start the audit next month, said the BTRC chairman on Monday.

The commission now awaits a go-ahead from an evaluation committee to appoint two audit firms initially, Zia Ahmed said.

After the appointment of the auditors, the commission will decide which operators will be audited now, he said.

Last year, top two operators -- Grameenphone and Banglalink -- came under the scanner of the BTRC.

However, the audits into Banglalink hit snag halfway, while Grameenphone refused the audit report and took the issue to the court.

Just after a week of the beginning, the firm who was assigned to audit Banglalink could not do so as it failed to comply with the terms of reference for the job, Ahmed said.

Then the BTRC assigned another audit firm for Banglalink, but being incompetent, that firm also failed to submit any report.

Grameenphone did not accept the audit and challenged the issue at the High Court, where the case is still pending.

On the other hand, during the auditor appointing process, an aggrieved audit firm that did not get the job challenged the appointment process of the BTRC.

A review panel for public procurement then asked the regulator to go for a fresh bidding but the BTRC did not comply with the decision. Later, the firm took the issue to the High Court, which upheld the review panel's decision.

Finally, the regulator went to the Appellate Division where the issue is still pending.


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