The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has rejected a request from state-run cellco Teletalk to change the allocation of 3G 2100MHz mobile frequency spectrum which it was issued in 2012, writes the Dhaka Tribune. According to the report, the regulator claims that frequencies cannot be reallocated following the auction of 2100MHz licences in September 2013 which resulted in four private sector cellcos, GrameenPhone, Banglalink, Robi Axiata and Airtel, receiving concessions in the band. However, Teletalk managing director Mujibor Rahaman, quoted by the paper, argues that an application to change the operator’s 3G frequency blocks was lodged in advance of the auction. Currently, Teletalk is using the 2×10MHz block 1960MHz-1970MHz (uplink) paired with 2150MHz-2160MHz (downlink) for its W-CDMA/HSPA+ services, but it says this is not the optimal band for its 3G services, and its original application requested swapping to either 1930MHz-1940MHz/2120MHz-2130MHz or 1940MHz-1950MHz/2130MHz-2140MHz. However, both these requested bands are now occupied by private operators’ 3G services: GrameenPhone’s 2×10MHz (1935MHz-1945MHz, 2125MHz-2135MHz) and Airtel’s 2×5MHz (1945MHz-1950MHz, 2135MHz-2140MHz). The BTRC does have a 2×15MHz block of as-yet unallocated 3G spectrum following the auction (1920MHz-1935MHz paired with 2110MHz-2125MHz), which it has not yet finalised plans for.
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