The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has finalised draft guidelines for awarding 3G mobile licences, under which a total of five companies will receive concessions – including three of the country’s existing five private sector mobile operators, plus one potential new entrant and state-run Teletalk, which has a guaranteed licence. bdnews24.com quotes BTRC chairman Zia Ahmed as saying that the preparatory work for awarding the licences would be complete by June or July after the communications ministry approves the Cellular Mobile Phone Service (3G/4G/LTE) Regulatory Licence Guideline 2012. The 3G licences will allow operators to upgrade to 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) without paying any extra fees. The draft guidelines set a fee per MHz of frequency at BDT1.5 billion (USD18 million), while a floor price for each 3G licence has been set at BDT15 billion, with the BTRC chairman estimating that state revenues from the auction will reach BDT80 billion.
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