BTRC planning to issue unified mobile concessions

2 Sep 2019

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has published its draft guidelines on the licensing of cellular services, which aim to unify the mobile concessions of operators in order to reduce ‘operational complexities’, Dhaka Tribune writes. A senior BTRC official was quoted as saying: ‘The purpose of the draft guideline is to reduce the complexity for both the operators and the regulator … There is no point having separate licenses now for 2G, 3G or 4G. It requires additional manpower and man hour causing extra financial involvement.’ Currently, each mobile operator has to maintain one generic licence for operating a mobile service, in addition to two licences for 2G services (expiring in 2026), two for 3G services (2028) and two for 4G services (2033). Under the proposed guidelines, mobile operators would be allowed to provide nine types of services including 2G, 3G, and 4G, under one concession; the unified licence will come into effect from the date of licence issuance and remain valid till 18 February 2033, subject to the renewal of spectrum. An annual licence fee for the single licence has been proposed at BDT100 million (USD1.16 million), along with a 5.5% share of annual revenues and 1% contribution to the social obligation fund.

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