Bangladesh phone tax claims are denied by Grameenphone

The head of the Bangladesh subsidiary of Norwegian telecoms firm Telenor says it will not pay $400m (£254m) in unpaid taxes the country's telecoms regulator claims it owes.

Sigve Brekke, the head of Grameenphone's parent Telenor Asia told the BBC that the claims were not accurate.

Grameenphone, Bangladesh's biggest mobile operator, has 35 million subscribers accounting for 43% of the country's total phone users.

The BBC's Anbarasan Ethirajan says the tax row comes as Grameenphone seeks a new mobile operating licence, as its existing licence expires later this year.

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