August 6, 2009

BTRC Finalizes 3G Regulations

Recently TeleTalk, the state owned mobile phone operator, announced their desire to introduce 3G services in two years. To validate their wish, BTRC, The telecom watchdog, has decided to finalize regulation guidelines for 3G network licenses, BTRC chairman Zia Ahmed said on Wednesday.

"BTRC will soon invite applications from aspiring companies," Ahmed said at the unveiling of a new Warid telecom logo in the city. Details of the 3G license regulations are yet to be published on BTRC's official website. Neither Ahmed nor any other BTRC official, when contacted, disclosed details about the possible qualifications for applicants, how many licenses will be offered or their terms and conditions.

Telecommunication ministry officials, however, have said the government wants
to license state-run mobile phone operator TeleTalk to operate next generation technology in Bangladesh, so applications for 3G licenses will be invited after strengthening TeleTalk's network.

Telecommunication minister Raziuddin Ahmed Razu at the same ceremony on Wednesday said the government was ready to provide even better service to BTCL and TeleTalk users through the Next Generation Network.

Earlier The Financial Express reported that USD 211 million equivalent to Tk 20.00 billion is required for the project and China proposed to provide financial assistance for this. But according to, the government has already signed a USD 400 million deal with China for development of TeleTalk as well as the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission. Smelling fishy!?

However, on a separate issue, Ahmed said WiMAX facilities would be up and running in Bangladesh as soon as this October (I don’t think so). WiMAX technology has already been introduced experimentally in Gulshan, Baridhara and Banani areas last month.

Ahmed also mentioned some 32 organizations will be given the Internet Protocol Telephony Service licenses to run legal VoIP services.


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