Bangladesh has carried out the long-planned issuing of new National Internet Exchange (NIX) licences, which are aimed at reducing latency in domestic IP traffic, saving international bandwidth and foreign currency, facilitating local content development and encouraging local web hosting. The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) confirmed that it awarded two NIX concessions to Bangladesh Internet Exchange Trust and Novocom.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that in June 2012 the BTRC invited applications for the NIX operating licences, which enable the routing of domestic internet traffic including domestic voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) traffic. The commission indicated it aimed to award an unrestricted number of 15-year NIX concessions under an open licensing procedure. The new NIX licences allow operators to build, own and operate NIX systems in Bangladesh, with the country’s existing NIX service providers permitted to obtain a new licence contingent on certain criteria, including being certified by at least ten internet service providers (ISPs) that currently have peering connectivity with the operator. Entities that had had their concessions cancelled within the last five years were prevented from applying.