Govern­ment has not de­cided any­thing on the third mo­bile net­work: Prime Min­is­ter

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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.

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