BR, GP start deal revision to open it to all ANS operators

HM Murtuza | Published at 10:45pm on September 18, 2017

A joint committee of Bangladesh Railway and mobile phone operator Grameenphone has started working on reviewing an agreement between the two entities that was signed in 1997 barring BR from allowing other firms to use optical fibre cable of the company.
The revision of the deal will open more than 2,100 kilometres optical fibre cable of BR for all the Access Network Service operators and other service providers concerned, BTRC officials told New Age on Monday.
Other mobile phone operators hope that opening of the optical fibre cable for all the ANS operators would help them strengthen their network base across the country.
Besides, other service providers including internet service providers will also get advantage of it in connecting more rural areas, they said.
The latest development came following Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission’s instruction to BR and GP to review the deal so that other firms can use the optic cable for other purposes.
The latest BTRC instruction was issued to GP on August 27 this year asking the mobile operator to revise the agreement that gave it exclusive rights to maintain and use the optical fibre cable.
The telecom regulator issued the instruction following a decision from the posts and telecommunications ministry.
Based on the decision, the ministry instructed the BTRC to nullify the agreement between BR and GP
Institutions Division senior secretary M Eunusur Rahman and BB
governor Fazle Kabir will attend as special guests. BB deputy governor Shitangshu Kumar Sur Chowdhury will chair the function.
‘We will give the award under five categories to expedite the inflow of remittance,’ BB’s Financial Inclusion Department general manager M Abul Bashar told BSS earlier.
The categories are skilled remitter, unskilled remitter, bond investor NRB, exchange house owner NRB and the highest remittance receiver bank.
A total of 35 awardees, including remitters, exchange houses, bond investors and banks, will receive the award.
Out of 35 awardees, five banks will get the award this year.