The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has withdrawn the 700MHz spectrum holdings of internet service provider (ISP) AlwaysOn Network Bangladesh, Dhaka Tribune writes, citing a statement from the watchdog. The spectrum rights were cancelled to pave the way for the regulator’s planned auction of frequencies in that band for mobile Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in 2016. As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, AlwaysOn was allocated 2×6MHz in the 700MHz range in July 2006, but the location of the block would impede the functionality of the rest of the band. BTRC had previously considered issuing AlwaysOn with a 2×5MHz block in ‘the corner of the band’ instead of its current holding.
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