Mobile number portability (MNP) services have been belatedly launched in Bangladesh after a number of false starts, The Daily Star reports. In order to change mobile network providers within 72 hours, customers will be charged a fee of BDT50 (USD0.59) plus 15% VAT, while to switch within 24 hours costs an additional BDT100. Customers will have to wait at least 90 days to make another switch.
TeleGeography notes that the introduction of MNP services has been in discussion since 2009. In June 2016 the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) issued an invitation for applications for a licence for the implementation and operation of an MNP system, with Bangladeshi-Slovenian joint venture Infozillion BD Teletech Consortium securing the contract in November 2017. The service was set for introduction in May 2018, though it was delayed to 1 August after mobile operators requested ‘a couple of months for preparation’. Another two-month extension followed in late July due to ‘international calls issues.’