May 21, 2008

BTRC to invite application for WiMAX licence in mid-July

Population density demands high-speed internet service

Bangladesh Telecommuni-cation Regulatory Commission is likely to invite application for WiMAX licence in mid-July, said the commission’s chairman, Manzurul Alam, on Tuesday.

‘Population density and environmental perspectives will help introduce a new generation high-speed internet broadband service in the country,’ he told reporters at Radisson Hotel after the end of a two-day international workshop.

BTRC and six other telecom vendors Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Huawei, Intel, Motorola and Nokia Siemens Networks jointly organised the workshop on ‘WiMAX in Bangladesh: now and future’.

BTRC chairman said the aim of the workshop was to discuss issues relating to prospect of WiMAX technology in the country and to get a comprehensive licensing guideline for this technology.
‘Now we will prepare a draft guideline and put it in the web site for comments from all stakeholders. Later we will go for public hearing from mid-July.’

The chairman said they have yet to take decision on the frequency rate for WiMAX technology and possible target group for the licence.

Terming rural connectivity and high equipment cost of WiMAX as primary barriers to the introduction of this technology, he said they could overcome the problems for this possible cost-effective business.

Manzurul, however, said the Orascom Telecom chairman Naguib Sawiris made a courtesy call on him on Tuesday and showed his eagerness to further invest in the country’s telecom sector.
‘We always welcome foreign investments and according to our policy and guidelines, we will take the decisions on Orascom’s investment.’

A good number of national and international experts presented their papers on prospects of WiMAX technology in Bangladesh.

WiMAX, Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, is a telecommunications technology, aimed at providing wireless data over long distances in a variety of ways from point-to-point links to full mobile cellular type access. It is based on the IEEE 802.16 standard which is also called WirelessMAN.
WiMAX is suitable for the following potential applications like connecting Wi-Fi hotspots with each other and to other parts of internet, wireless alternative to cable and DSL for last mile broadband access, providing high-speed data and telecommunications services and adverse source of internet connectivity as part of a business continuity plan.


Miriam said...

This is great info to know.

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