BTRC setting 1Mbps ‘standard broadband speed’

20 Dec 2012

Sunil Kanti Bose, chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has announced in a press briefing that the regulator has set 1Mbps as the standard broadband internet speed, replacing the existing minimum standard of 128kbps, which he pointed out cannot be technically regarded as broadband speed. The standardisation means broadband providers are now obligated to provide a minimum of 1Mbps internet connection speed to customers at all times, local newspaper The Daily Star reported. The paper also quoted Abu Saeed Khan, senior fellow of Colombo-based ICT think tank LIRNEasia, who commended the standardisation, but also flagged up other obstacles to broadband expansion in Bangladesh, stating that amendments which BTRC made to the Infrastructure Sharing Guideline in 2011 has stalled the development of nationwide telecoms transmission networks. ‘This draconian decree should be scrapped as soon as possible. Otherwise, broadband will not spread across the country,’ Khan warned.

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