Mobile operators yet to set 10-second pulse

According to industry insiders, the operators see the regulator’s directive as “not feasible”
Instead of fixing a 10-second pulse for each call as per the directive of the telecom regulator, mobile phone operators in the country are still in competition to offer murky packages for pushing subscribers into using their discarded subscriber identity modules (SIM).
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), on August 2, asked

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Four telcos set to get 2G licence renewed

After a stand-off with the BTRC for more than eight months, four mobile phone operators Grameenphone, Banglalink, Robi and Citycell will get their 2G licences renewed on Tuesday for the next 15 years.
Zia Ahmed, chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), said they have sent letters to the operators yesterday asking them to send their representatives to

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Telecom policy up for review

The government is going to revise the existing telecommunications policy, by the end of this year, to adopt the state-of-the-art advancements in the telecommunications sector. The policy was formed in 1998, to chalk out a plan for the development of the telecommunication sector of Bangladesh.
Sources with the ministry of post and telecommunications (MoPT) said that the

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VoIP licences set to fetch Tk 1,200cr

The government is expected to earn at least Tk. 1,200 crore revenue, each year, with the issuance of legal licences for voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) services, an official of Bangladesh Telecommuni-cation Regulatory Commission (BTRC) said. To stop illegal use of VoIP, the telecom regulator has already invited applications for VoIP service provider (VSP)

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BTRC to retrieve Tk 2250cr bandwidth from cell operators

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) will be able to retrieve a total of 15 MHz of bandwidth worth Tk 2250 crore from different mobile operators after it completes the systematic re-arrangement of the bandwidth distribution in 1800 MHz band, sources at BTRC have said.
1800 MHz band is the portion of the radio frequency spectrum used by the country’s

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Guidelines for small telecom operators set

BTRC to regulate value-added services to subscribers
The telecom regulator has finally formulated a draft of ‘Telecom VAS Operator Licensing Guidelines’ to regulate small and medium telecom businesses providing different telecom Value Added Service (VAS) to the subscribers.
A total of 30 companies have been providing different telecom VAS including ringtones,

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BTRC recommends five licences for 3G service

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission on Wednesday sent to the telecommunication ministry the draft guideline for awarding five licences for 3G mobile service.
Of the five licences, the state-run Teletalk would get one while four other licences would be awarded to four private mobile phone operators, including any new operator, through

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Telcos seek more time to pay licence renewal fees

Four mobile operators will not pay outstanding fees for their licence renewal before they receive the certified copies of the High Court’s verdict on the Grameenphone versus BTRC case.
Officials of Grameenphone, Banglalink, Robi and Citycell yesterday met Zia Ahmed, chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, and expressed

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Telcos puzzled by regulator’s new letter

Licence Renewal Fees
Telcos puzzled by regulator’s new letter
Four mobile telephone operators are confused over a letter from Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission that asked them to pay a due amount and late fees for licence renewal.
The BTRC on Wednesday asked Grameenphone, Banglalink, Robi and Citycell to deposit a combined amount of Tk 857.46 crore within 10 days to renew their

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337 out of 426 call centres out of business

Lack of fluency in spoken English blamed
After getting their licences only three and a half years ago, more than 80 per cent of the country’s call centres have gone out of business. This has created a void in the potential sector, which was supposed to fetch a considerable amount of foreign currency every year, leaving it unutilised and unexplored.
According to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), licences

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Internet users kept at bay

Speed of Internet now as slow as a snail
The absence of guidelines to ensure a fixed subscriber base under a certain bandwidth (Internet speed) has prompted internet service providers (ISPs) to provide too many connections, which has resulted in decreased speed at the subscriber’s end.
Officials of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) said they have

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Cell operators given a shock

Telecoms regulator asks for new fee for old bandwidth
Telecoms regulator yesterday sent letters to four mobile operators in the country asking them to pay spectrum charges and renewal fees and have their licences renewed for the next 15 years.
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) also sought papers related to tax, VAT and VoIP from the operators

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GP clears stand on regulator’s claim for Tk 3,034cr

Grameenphone yesterday refuted the claim of the regulator that the mobile operator will have to pay Tk 3,034 crore in unpaid revenue and tax.
Kazi Monirul Kabir, chief communications officer of the company, said they “strongly disagree” with the numbers the regulator has claimed in a letter sent to GP on

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Teletalk likely to get BTRC nod this week

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission is likely to award a temporary permission for operating a test-run of 3G mobile phone service to state-owned Teletalk, initially for a period of six months, ending weeks of tussle with the telecommunication ministry.
A formal assurance in this regard is expected to come within a week, sources in BTRC

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Call drops irk mobile users

Mobile phone users have been facing bad voice services, like call drops, for quite some time. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) logged a number of complaints from subscribers of mobile operators, said an official of the commission.
As the mobile operators are providing services beyond their capacity, call drops are ocurring — both

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Internet price cut 16pc, market sees minor impact

Internet price has been slashed down by 16.66 percent and set at Tk 10,000 per megabits per second (Mbps) from Tk 12,000 before for leased internet access via submarine cable.
But the cut in prices would have minor impact on the end users, as the operational cost is still high.
In a notification, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has announced

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Country’s mobile users cross 70m landmark

Number of the country’s active mobile phone users has crossed 70 million landmark at the end of January, 2011 but overall monthly growth rate slowed, state data revealed. Bangladesh Telecommu-nication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on Tuesday released the monthly update of cell phone subscribers’ number, revealed that the country’s six operating mobile phone operators have

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