Inoperative ISPs to lose licence

BTRC serves one-month notice to nine ISPs to commence operation

HM Murtuza | Published: 22:21, Sep 12,2017


The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has decided to cancel licences of inoperative internet service providers which have failed to provide service to the end-users even after one year of getting licences.
The decision was made in a recently-held commission meeting presided over by its chairman Shahjahan Mahmood, a senior BTRC official told New Age on Tuesday.
Under the ISP licence condition, an ISP licence-holder is bound to roll out its service to the subscriber level within one year of issuance of licence.
Before cancelling the licences of the inoperative ISPs, the commission, however, has also decided to give one month notice to them for starting out their services.
Once the companies fail to become operative within the one-month period, the licences of the entities will be considered invalid after the period, the BTRC official clarified.
Notice will be published on the BTRC web site and in two national dailies regarding the companies, which will fail to reply to the BTRC show cause notice, to roll out their services within one month.
After the expiry of the period, if the entities fail to start services, the licences of the entities will be cancelled automatically.
At present, 319 ISPs are licensed under Category A, 31 under Category B and 94 are under Category C.
The telecom regulator came up with the move following an instruction from the posts and telecommunications ministry that asked the BTRC to serve show case notice to the entities which have got ISP licences between June, 2015 and December, 2016 but failed to roll out their services within one year.
As part of the move, the BTRC on Tuesday published a notice including a list of nine ISPs asking the entities to start operation within one month as the regulator found that the ISPs failed to start their operation in time.
The entities are: Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company, Light Communication Limited, B.Net, New Generation Internet Service Limited, Cyber Planet, Net One Communication, Top Network, Ulipur Enterprise and Nilima Broadband.
Besides, the commission also asked the inoperative ISPs to commence operation within one month and provide service-relation data to the BTRC, otherwise the licences of the entities’ will be considered as invalid after the period. 

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