Telcos must ensure 4G services in div HQs in 9 months

Government approves licensing guidelines

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:59, Sep 13,2017

 
 

A file photo shows a man using internet on his mobile phone in Dhaka. Mobile phone operators will have to give 4G services to their subscribers in all the divisional headquarters within nine months of getting licences, said a government-approved guidelines for awarding licences of 4G service. — New Age photo

Mobile phone operators will have to give 4G services to their subscribers in all the divisional headquarters within nine months of getting licences, said a government-approved guidelines for awarding licences of 4G service.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, as the minister for the posts and telecommunications ministry, approved the guidelines that have already been set to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission for arranging auction for giving operators the permission in this regard, a senior official of BTRC told New Age on Wednesday.
The BTRC official also said that the commission would be able to hold open auction for selling spectrum in three bands within this year.
Although the operators were given nine months to roll out 4G services in all the divisional headquarters, the BTRC official expected that the users would be able to experience 4G services, also known as LTE services, soon after the issuance of licences.
The guidelines also said that the operators will be bound to roll out the service in the district headquarters within 18 months and across the country within three years of getting the licence.
The operators will have to pay Tk 150 crore as bank performance guarantee for rollout obligation.
The licence fee for the 4G service reduced to Tk 10 crore from BTRC-proposed Tk 15 crore and the annual fee to Tk 5 crore from proposed Tk 7.5 crore.
The operators will share 5.5 per cent of their gross revenue with the telecom regulator and another 1 per cent for social obligation segment.
Apart from the 4G licensing guidelines approval, the prime minister also approved the spectrum auction guidelines that will allow the telecom regulator to hold auction within this year.
As per approved guidelines, the floor price for each megahertz of spectrum in the 900 and 1,800 bands will be $30 million, while the price will be $27 million for the 2,100 band.
Technology neutrality in the existing 900 and 1,800 bands will cost $7.5 million per megahertz to the mobile phone operators.
Technology neutrality allows the operators to provide any services to its customers by using any band.
Retaining the mobile subscribers’ usage data for a period of 12 years will also be mandatory for the operators.

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