4 cos get BTRC award notice for tower sharing business licences

Staff Correspondent | Published at 10:01pm on August 16, 2018

Four companies on Thursday received notification of award from the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission as the entities became eligible for tower sharing business operation.
The BTRC gave the entities the notifications after the telecom ministry approved the BTRC proposal in this regard.
The companies are: edotco Bangladesh Company Limited, TASC Summit Towers Limited, ISON Tower Bangladesh Private Limited (renamed as Kirtonkhola Tower Bangladesh Limited), and AB Hightech Consortium.
Acting BTRC chairman Md Jahurul Haque handed over the notifications of award to the top officials of the four entities at an event held at the BTRC secretariat in Dhaka.
BTRC commissioners Rezaul Quader and Aminul Hassan, and its director MA Taleb Hossain were present, among others, at the event where edotco director Manzoorul Islam, TASC Summit Tower regulatory affairs head Md Mostafizur Rahman, Kirtonkhola Tower Bangladesh managing director Salman Karim and AB Hightech Consortium managing director Henry Hilton were handed over the notifications of award.
Earlier in June this year, commission invited bids for awarding four tower-sharing company licences with a view to ensuring maximum utilisation of resources and containing misuse of land for setting up mobile phone towers.
Eight companies had applied to the commission but the four companies got highest marks from a 15-member evaluation committee formed by the BTRC to secure the licences.
The licences would be handed over after the payment of licence acquisition fee of Tk 25 crore each.
Besides, licensees will have to pay annual fees of Tk 5 crore and share 5.5 per cent of their revenue with the government and another 1 per cent with the social obligation fund from the second year of getting the licences.
The tenure of the licence would be 15 years initially that would be extended gradually by five years.
Meanwhile, Norwegian multinational telecommunications entity Telenor Group on August 10 expressed its dissatisfaction to the telecom regulator for not being one of the four companies picked by the telecom regulator for tower sharing company licences.
BD Tower Business Co Consortium, in which Telenor Norway and Peak Tower Holding Co Pte Ltd, two sister concerns of Telenor Group, are partners, applied for the tower sharing business licence in Bangladesh.
The consortium also includes Transcend Infrastructure Holdings Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of American Tower Corporation, and Grameen Byabosa Bikash, a sister concern of Grameen Bank.
Telenor Group also sought information on why the application of the consortium was not successful in obtaining tower sharing company licence.
Besides BD Tower Business Co Consortium, Jamuna Tower Limited, FTA Bangladesh Limited and Bangladesh Telecommunication Company Limited were the other unsuccessful applicants.