Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission has turned down proposals of mobile phone operators Grameenphone and Banglalink to reinstall fibre optic cable for ongoing highway development activities.
The commission at the same time also decided to ask Nationwide Telecommunication Transmission Network operators to settle any proposals for installation or reinstallation of fibre optic cable of the mobile phone operators within 30 days.
Connection with the fibre optic cable is important for the mobile phone operators to run base transceiver station (BTS) widely known as mobile phone tower.
At present, mobile phone operators take fibre optic connections from the NTTN operators.
BTRC have so far allowed five entities—Fiber @ Home, Summit Communications, Bangladesh Railway, Power Grid Company of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Telecommunications Company— to run NTTN business.
The telecom regulator took the decision at a meeting held in December as the NTTN licencing guidelines and infrastructure sharing guidelines do not allow any entity except NTTN operators to install or reinstall fibre optic cable, a senior official of the commission told New Age recently.
As per the clause 3.1 of NTTN licensing guidelines, no person or business entity will be allowed to develop, build, operate and maintain NTTN without a valid license issued by the commission.
Besides, the clause 4.7 of the infrastructure sharing guidelines, operators (except NTTN licensee) will not be permitted to build/wired backbone transmission network, if such networks of NTTN operators were already available there.’
The clause 4.8(a) of the infrastructure sharing guidelines, however, stated, ‘Telecom operators may jointly or individually develop, maintain and operate optical/wired backbone transmission network with the approval of the commission if NTTN operators fail to provide them with transmission network facility fulfilling the requirement of the telecom operators.’
The two mobile phone operators came with the proposal following a letter from the Road Transport and Highways Division due to the ongoing upgradation of Joydevpur—Chandra—Tangail—Elenga highway to four lanes.
The Road Transport and Highways Division in its letter asked the operators to lay new fibre cable by replacing existing ones, a senior official of the commission said.
The commission at the meeting also decided to ask Grameenphone and Banglalink to take the fibre optic cable facility from NTTN operator, if there was any.
The commission, however, would allow the operators to reinstall fibre optical cable if the NTTN operators fail to do the job.
In case of reinstallation of fibre optic cable by the operators, taking prior approval from the commission would be a must.
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