Government has not decided anything on the third mobile network: Prime Minister
During the question and answer hour session in the national assembly last Friday, the Member of Parliament from Nubi-Tangsibji constituency, MP Nidup Zangpo sought clarification from the Prime Minister on the introduction of a third mobile service provider in Bhutan which he said would only crunch the already limited subscriber.
To this, Prime Minister responded that government did not decide anything on the third mobile network. He responded that this was only a statement made to the media during the time of recent meet the press session when he was asked about the declining quality of mobile and internet services provided by both Tashi and B-mobile.
The Prime Minister informed to the house that the services of both mobile and internet services in the country were found to be poor. Lyonchhen said that therefore, he told the media that since these are private companies and therefore only option the government has is to give license to more service providers in case if they fail to provide with quality services. However, thus government has neither decided nor framed any policies for the third mobile or internet service provider in Bhutan.
Today we have two companies who provide services, they are also working hard to provide services but still if they fail to provide with quality services, then as per the rule and regulation we have to find other alternative, Lyonchhen added.
Meanwhile, the two companies are running on profit. Lyonchhen said that in 2015, T-Cell has paid Nu.3.4million as Corporate Income tax (CIT) and Bhutan Telecom has paid with Nu.235million.