The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has approved the award of a licence to implement and operate a mobile number portability (MNP) system to a joint venture formed by Infozillion BD Teletech Consortium and Slovenia-based Teletech. The joint venture plans to launch the service by April 2018 and invest around BDT500 million (USD6 million). Infozillion Managing Director Mabroor Hossain said: ‘We will complete our preparations by February and then we will go for establishing connectivity with the mobile operators.’ The MNP service will enable mobile users to switch from one mobile operator to another (once every three months) without changing their eleven-digit mobile numbers for a fee of BDT30.
Under the licence terms and conditions, the joint venture must pay a licence fee of BDT116 million, including VAT, prior to the award. The company also must show that at least 1% of the country’s existing customers have benefited from the service within six months of the licence being awarded. Failure to meet these conditions will result in both a penalty and the licence being awarded to another company.