Twelve hopefuls chase fifth GSM licence

26 Oct 2005

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has received over a dozen bids from local and international companies for the country’s fifth GSM mobile network operating licence (overall its sixth mobile licence). The BTRC opened the public tender for the USD50 million concession at the beginning of this month and has received offers from Warid Telecom, owned by UAE-based Dhabi Group, MB Telecom, Ericsson, National Telecom Ltd, Concord Progati Consortium, Dominox Technologies, Ranks Telecom, Global Suppliers, TM International (Bangladesh) and Civil Engineers Ltd, among others. The regulator expects further bids from domestic group Basundhara and telcos based in Jordon and Kuwait. The deadline for submitting offers is 17 November 2005.



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