BTRC shortlists 37 operators for three international gateway licences

7 Feb 2008

The Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC), after a month long evaluation of proposals, has qualified 37 companies to participate in the forthcoming auction of three international gateway exchange licences in the private sector. The regulatory body has sent letters to the selected firms, asking each of them to pay a deposit in order to be eligible to take part in the auction on 18 February. Currently state-owned Bangladesh Telegraphy and Telephone Board (BTTB) has a monopoly on international calls.

Under the International Long Distance Telecommunication Services Policy 2007, existing mobile and private landline companies and ISPs are barred from applying for the new concessions, the duraction of which will initially be a term of 15 years with an option for renewal after every five-year period, subject to the BTRC’s approval. All the three international gateways will be located in Dhaka and must be open to lawful interception by the intelligence agencies. The guidelines say that the licensee will set up and begin the international gateway service within four months of the issuance of the licence.



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