Mobile number portability service will initially result in a slight rise in call cost as users might not be able to know whether the number he/she is calling to is an on-net or off-net number as the MNP service will allow users to switch operator without changing their existing mobile numbers by paying Tk 30 as charge for the service, said Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission officials.
They made the comment at a press briefing held at the BTRC office in Dhaka on Tuesday on the occasion of handing over a notification letter to Infozillion BD-Teletech Consortium Limited as part of a recent BTRC decision to award MNP licence to the company.
‘The BTRC issued the notification based on a commission decision to award MNP licence to Infozillion,’ said BTRC chairman Shahjahan Mahmood at the briefing.
Earlier on November 1, the BTRC issued a letter to Infozillion asking the entity to deposit licence fees and to complete some other procedures within 30 days to get the licence, the BTRC chairman said.
As per the MNP licensing conditions, the operator will get 180 days to roll out the service, he said.
The commission in phases will cut Infozillion’s bank grantee fund and cancel licence if the entity fails to comply with rollout obligations mentioned in the licensing guidelines, Shahjahan said.
Greentech International Ltd, the second-highest marked entity, will be given the licence in case of cancellation, he said.
Asked about the call cost rise, BTRC director general Brigadier General Md Emdad ul Bari said that the commission was aware about the fact as initially it might increase the cost a bit.
He said that the commission was working to reduce the gap between the on-net and off-net call tariffs so that mobile phone users could get rid of the problem.
Infozillion BD-Teletech Consortium Limited managing director Mabroor Hossain said that the service might be available between March and April next year after the completion of all the procedures.
‘We will be ready with our equipment by the end of February next year or first week of March,’ he said.
The next task will be setting up connectivity with the mobile phone operators and its progress will depend on the mobile phone operators, he said.
‘It will be possible for us to start providing the service once the connectivity with the mobile phone operators is established,’ he added.
BTRC commissioners Jahurul Haque, Md Rezaul Quader and Md Aminul Hassan, its director general AKM Shahiduzzaman and Teletec director Tomislav Gacnik were present, among others.
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