The country’s mobile operators owe a total of Tk 13,068 crore to the government, Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar said in parliament on Tuesday.
In reply to a query from Jatiya Party MP Syed Abu Hossain Babla, the minister said, of the total amount, Grameenphone owes Tk 10,580 crore and state-owned Teletalk owes Tk 1,631 crore to the government.
He said the amount of Grameenphone's audit objection is around Tk 12,579 crore. Of this, Tk 2,000 crore has been paid and the amount of arrears is around Tk 10,579.94 crore.
The minister said the amount of Robi Axiata’s audit objection is around Tk 867.23 crore. Of this, Tk 138 crore has been paid and the amount of arrears is around Tk 729 crore, he added.
The minister also informed the House that Pacific Bangladesh Telecom (Citycell) owes around Tk 128 crore and state-run Teletalk owes Tk 1,631.17 crore to the government.
The minister also said that cases were pending in the Supreme Court over the arrears of Grameenphone, Robi and Citycell.
In reply to another query from Awami League lawmaker Nazrul Islam Babu, Mustafa Jabbar said in 2012, there were 8.66 crore mobile subscribers in the country and the number has increased to over 18.34 crore in 2022.
He also told the House that at present the number of 3G subscribers is 3.19 crore while the number of 4G subscribers is 7.54 crore.
The minister further said that the number of internet subscribers in 2012 was 2.89 crore and now (2022) it has increased to 12.42 crore.
He also said in 2012, the teledensity in the country was 60.9 per cent and now 105.85 per cent.
Jabbar also informed the House that the internet density in 2012 was 19.99 per cent and now it has increased to 71.57 per cent.