4G services will be available by March this year in Bangladesh
4G services will be available by March this year in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Shahjahan Mahmood said in a programme held in Dhaka today.
The Supreme Court today cleared the way for Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) for auctioning off 4G spectrum for the telecommunication industry in the country.
The SC extended its chamber judge’s order that stayed a High Court directive halting the auction.
A five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah who is performing duties as the chief justice, passed the order after disposing of a petition filed by BTRC seeking a stay on the HC order.
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On January 11, the High Court stayed the notice of BTRC seeking 4G licensing guideline and invitation of application for the auction of 4G spectrum.
The court had also issued a rule seeking an explanation as to why the notice and the 2008 policy would not be declared illegal as private company Banglalion Communication Limited filed a write in this regard.
The secretary of Posts and Telecommunications and BTRC chairman were asked to respond the rule as the notice contradict the Broadband Guideline of 2008.
On December 4, 2017, a special commission of BTRC decided to publish two guidelines and invite for application of 4G licence.
The tender inviting offers for the licence for the 4G mobile network was published at the BTRC’s official website on the same day.
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Telecom regulators are optimistic that the 4G services will be available by March this year, now that there is no legal complication curbing the process for spectrum auctioning.
“After getting the licence and paying the spectrum fees, according to the guideline, mobile operators can offer 4G service,” Mahmood said in a programme held in Dhaka today.
BTRC has received five applications for 4G license including those from state-run mobile operator Teletalk and now out-of-service Citycell. However, Teletalk will not be buying the spectrum.
Teletalk will not sit in auction for spectrum sale as they have not applied for it, the BTRC chief said.
Meanwhile, he also added that 4G mobile service will be available to all corners of Bangladesh by March.
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Already BTRC has formed two separate committees to evaluate the applications of licencing and spectrum auction and qualified applications name will be published on January 25.
Qualified applications names for licencing will move forward to government’s approval and BTRC will complete the other formalities for arrange the spectrum auction.
A mock auction will be organized on February 12.
A High Court ruling that had placed a curb on the holding of spectrum auctions was also overruled by the Supreme Court today, paving way for the auction to take place in schedule.