The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) yesterday (15 June 2016) issued an invitation for applications to implement and operate the country’s mobile number portability (MNP) system, which it is hoped could be in operation by the end of the year. The announcement, published on the regulator’s website, sets an application deadline of 8 August, whilst stipulating that prospective MNP system providers must have three years’ experience implementing and operating MNP solutions for at least ten million mobile subscribers in one or more countries. The invitation document also states that existing Bangladeshi mobile network operators (or their directors/shareholders) are prohibited from investing in the MNP service provider, which must have Bangladeshi ownership, either outright or in partnership with a foreign investor. Alongside the MNP tender announcement, the BTRC published the reference document for applicants on its website (‘Regulatory and Licensing Guidelines for Invitation of offers/proposals for issuing Licence for Establishing, Operating and Maintaining Mobile Number Portability Services in Bangladesh’).
The BTRC’s schedule says that the auction to decide the winning MNP bidder will be held on 21 September, whilst the successful applicant is expected to have the portability system up and running within six months at the latest. A per-number port user charge of BDT30 (USD0.37) planned.