Single licence for telcos’ 2G, 3G and 4G services likely

HM Murtuza | Published: 00:05, Jun 19,2018 | Updated: 23:38, Jun 18,2018

 
 

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has initiated a move to introduce a single-licence system for the mobile operators to offer 2G, 3G and 4G services with a view to reducing filing hassles.
Currently, the mobile phone operators have to take separate licences for offering the services.
The BTRC’s move to merge the licences into one came following pleas made by the operators.
In line with the move, the telecom regulator at its latest commission meeting formed a committee led by its legal and licensing department director general AKM Shahiduzzaman to scrutinise the issue.
The committee would report to the commission within two months whether the single-licence system would bring positive impact or not to the sector.
A senior BTRC official told New Age that the commission initiated the move as the mobile phone operators requested the regulator to merge the licences into one.
The mobile phone operators made the request with a view to getting rid of extra burden of separate reporting against each of the licences, the BTRC official said.
As per a BTRC statistics, each of the five mobile phone operators are maintaining seven or eight licences for offering 2G, 3G and 4G services.
Of the licences, one is for operating as a mobile phone entity, two for running 2G services, two for 3G services and two for 4G services.
A reduction in the number of mobile phone companies’ licences would also reduce filing burden the commission and the mobile operators are facing, the BTRC official said.
The single-licence system would also allow the commission to oversee the mobile phone companies more effectively, he said.
Once the system comes into force, the commission would decide the fees for the licence, the BTRC official said.
The decision of the commission, however, would be effective after getting approval from the posts and telecommunications ministry, he said.
The move of the telecom regulator to merge the licences the mobile phone operators are using came in line with its move to amend its international long distance telecommunication services policy.
The BTRC has already drafted an ILDTS policy, suggesting merger of the telecommunication licences by phases.
As per the annual report of BTRC for the year 2016-2017, the commission has so far issued 1,981 licences of 26 types. 

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