Limit mobile network coverage within country’s territory, BTRC asks telcos

HM Murtuza | Published: 21:50, Sep 06,2017


A file photo shows mobile phone towers installed on a rooftop of a building in Dhaka. The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has asked mobile phone operators to keep network coverage within the country’s territory. — New Age photo

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has asked mobile phone operators to keep network coverage within the country’s territory.
The telecom regulator on August 30 issued a set of instructions regarding installation of base transceiver station commonly known as mobile phone tower at the country’s border region amid growing interest of the mobile phone operators to set up BST near the border areas.
Now the operators will have to stop function of the BTS based on instructions from the authorities concerned in case of any illegal use of the network within the country or outside the country.
The instructions will be applicable with retrospective effect on the mobile phone operators since issuance of regulatory approval for them, the BTRC said.
The directive also asked the mobile operators to take preventive measures so that their network coverage cannot be used from outside the country.
The mobile companies will have to maintain the height of BTS within minimum level, antenna angle, antenna tilt and transmission power output so that the communications can only be established within the border area, the regulator said.
In case of network coverage crossing border, the mobile operators will have to use time in advance technology software for the prevention of the network usage from outside the country, the instructions said.
The BTRC also allows the mobile operators to record any subversive conversations and to halt network coverage in consultation with the low enforcing agencies.
Under the instructions, eight kilometres within the country from the border will be considered as border region.
The border region of four districts — Rangamati, Khagrachari, Bandarban and Cox’s Bazar — has been divided into two phases for the imposition of regulatory measures, while rest of the districts of the country will have no phases.
First phase of border region in the four districts will be within three kilometres from the border and the second phase will be within 3-8 kilometres from the border.
An additional approval from the deputy commissioner concerned will be required for setting up BTS within three kilometres from the border, while clearance from Directorate General of Forces Intelligence, National Security Intelligence, home ministry, Border Guard Bangladesh and Armed Forces Division will be taken by the commission before giving permission in this regard.
An application for setting up such BTS must contain geographical information, antenna height, antenna tilting, antenna type, direction, timing advance value, distance from border, coverage area and nearest BTS information.

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