Government to return RanksTel, NationalPhone licences, with conditions

9 May 2011

The government of Bangladesh has decided to ask the country’s telecoms regulator to reissue licences to two of the five fixed-wireless operators which had their operations closed down in March 2010 for alleged involvement in illegal VoIP business, the Financial Express reports. The communications ministry on Thursday issued a letter to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) requesting that PSTN operating licences be reissued to RanksTel and National TeleCom (NationalPhone), while sources quoted by the Bangladeshi paper said that the remaining three telcos – PeoplesTel, Dhaka Phone and WorldTel – would also get permission to resume their operations ‘in phases.’ A BTRC official said the ministry has set some conditions for reissuance of licences. The companies must withdraw compensation cases filed against the BTRC and ‘pay dues’. However, the PSTN companies will not have to pay any charges whatsoever for the 14-month period of shutdown.

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