The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) yesterday allocated a 17.5MHz block of additional wireless spectrum to the three largest mobile operators in the country, reports local newspaper the Daily Star. Market leader GrameenPhone was awarded 7.4MHz to give it a total allocation of 21.9MHz, whilst nearest rivals Banglalink and AKTEL’s total spectrum allocations are now 17.5MHz and 17.8MHz after the addition of 5.1MHz and 5MHz respectively. The additional frequencies, which will help to relieve network congestion, will cost the operators BDT800 million (USD11.9 million) per MHz, earning the BTRC a total of BDT14 billion.
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