Ministry recommends return of all five banned PSTN operators’ licences

30 Jun 2011

Bangladeshi newspaper The Daily Star reports that the country’s telecoms ministry has issued a recommendation to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to return fixed line operating licences to all five operators closed down in March 2010 for alleged involvement in illegal VoIP business. The news follows last month’s request by the government asking the regulator to return licences to two of the banned telcos, RanksTel and National TeleCom (NationalPhone), with PeoplesTel, Dhaka Phone and WorldTel now also set to be reprieved. The report says that rules have been amended to allow the fixed-wireless network operators to return to the market, with the pre-requisite that the five companies settle interconnection disputes with mobile operators. The privately-owned firms must also withdraw legal cases against the government – something RanksTel indicated it was prepared to do last month – reimburse revenue-share payments to the state, and pay a BDT300,000 (USD4,000) fine to the BTRC.

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