Same five entities apply for licence

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:53, Aug 25,2017 | Updated: 00:26, Aug 26,2017


Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has received proposals from the same entities under the amended mobile number portability guidelines to award a licence to provide MNP services.
The telecom regulator received five proposals following its invitation on July 27 seeking applications within August 23 this year.
The five firms are : REVE Number Ltd, Greentech International Ltd, Infozillion BD Telelech Consortium Ltd, Brazil-Bangladesh Consortium Ltd and Roots Infotech Ltd, a BTRC official told New Age on Thursday.
Under the ‘Regulatory and Licensing Guidelines for Mobile Number Portability Services in Bangladesh’, all the applicants will have to go through security clearance from the competent authorities.
Now, the proposals for the MNP licence will be evaluated under the beauty contest process within 100 marks, the guideline said.
A BTRC-formed evaluation committee will be responsible to find out eligible applicants based on the criterion set in the guidelines.
The basis of the marking, among others, will include participant’s experience, financial capability and foreign affiliation.
Afterwards, the telecommunication regulator based on government’s recommendation will award licence to a particular entity to operate the service.
MNP service licence acquisition fee has been set at Tk 10 crore as the licence would be awarded through a beauty contest process instead of auction.
The winning company will have to share 15 per cent of its revenues with the government from the second year onwards.
The operator must provide the service within 180 days of getting the licence or face penalty, according to the guidelines.
MNP service would allow mobile phone users to change mobile phone operator without changing an existing number by paying Tk 30 as charge for the service.
The BTRC was scheduled to hold the MNP service auction by September last year but postponed it amid security concerns as all the selected firms had foreign partners.
In June 2013, the telecom regulator asked the mobile phone operators to introduce the MNP service by January 2014 but the operators failed to do so.
Later, the BTRC decided to appoint a third-party company to implement the service.
Currently, some 72 countries including neighbouring India and Pakistan already adopted the popular system for their customers, with Singapore being the pioneer in this field.

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