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Mobile phone operators to be audited every 3 years

Mobile phone operators to be audited every 3 years

Mobile phone operators to be audited every 3 years

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC)

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has decided to audit the information systems of mobile phone operators in every 3 years.

This decision was taken at the BTRC’s 208th meeting, which was presided over by its chairman Shahjahan Mahmood.

The BTRC will carry out the audit of mobile phone operators every three years. But the decision will be applicable after the completion of the ongoing auditing of the mobile phone operators Grameephone and Robi, according to the meeting minutes.

In 2011, the BTRC had started to audit Grameenphone and Banglalink.

Citing its inability, Ahmed Zaker & Co, which was assigned to audit Banglalink accounts, failed to complete the task. However, Fazal & Co completed the audit of Grameenphone in the same year. Following the audit, the BTRC on October 3, 2011, sent a letter to the mobile phone operator, demanding Tk 3,034 crore.

The operator, however, questioned the audit firm’s qualification for the task and refused to pay up. Later, it took the matter to the High Court (HC) and challenged the auditor appointing process. The case is still remaining pending before the court.

On December 9, 2013, the Supreme Court (SC) declared the appointments of firms by the telecom regulator to open the audits of the mobile phone operators accounts illegal, as it violates the Public Procurement Rule 2008.

For the second time on October 6, 2015, the BTRC appointed Toha Khan Zaman & Co, Chartered Accountants, for auditing the financial operation of Grameenphone.  After a sticky situation between BTRC and GP, Toha Khan Zaman started auditing Grameenphone in 2016 and the process is still going on.

BTRC Secretary Sarwar Alam said the appointed audit firm is auditing Grameenphone and Robi for the 1996–2014 period.

Meanwhile, the appointment of auditors for Banglalink and Airtel—the latter has already merged with Robi in November 2016—are under process.

Although the decision to audit Banglalink was taken in 2015, the commission is yet to float a tender for the job.

 

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