The operators have begun implementing the order issued by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission that cited ‘unhealthy’ competition between the companies as a reason behind the decision.
The BTRC also said in letters dated Jul 14 to the companies that “some dishonest people” were carrying out “unnecessary” criminal activities on social media by using the free services.
The four mobile phone operators of Bangladesh offer the free or cheap services through different packages.
Shahed Alam, chief corporate and regulatory officer at Robi, told bdnews24.com on Friday that they began implementing the order immediately after they received it.
The number of internet users in Bangladesh in May was over 102.1 million, including more than 94 million who used internet on mobile devices, according to the regulator.