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Bangladesh completes 3G licence plan
27 March 2012
Bangladesh’s state-owned Teletalk and three others to get 3G licences with free upgrade available to 4G
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission is proposing to award four 3G licences, of which one will go to state-owned operator Teletalk, two will go to other existing mobile operators, and the last one to a new firm, according to local reports.
Zia Ahmed, chairman of BTRC, told Bangladesh News 24 Hours that the regulator would send the draft to the telecommunications ministry this week, with the work to grant the licences expected to complete by June or July after receiving ministry approval.
The draft includes the option for 3G licence holders to upgrade their licences to 4G at no extra charge.
The BTRC is proposing a fee of 1.5 billion Bangladeshi taka — $18 million — for every megahertz of bandwidth, with an auction floor price of 15 billion Bangladeshi taka ($180 million).
Current 2G players in the market include Teletalk, as well as Airtel, Banglalink, Citycell, Grameenphone and Robi. GTB
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