Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has allocated three crore numbers to two mobile network operators (MNOs) – Grameenphone and Banglalink – in two new number series, 013 and 014, following their repeated appeals.
Talking to BSS on Thursday, BTRC acting Chairman Md. Jahurul Haque said they took the decision at the commission’s meeting on Wednesday as both the MNOs are on the brink of exhausting the entire capacity in the existing prefixes -017 and 019. “Grameenphone has been given one crore in 0130 and another one crore in 0131 while Banglalink has been permitted to sell one crore in 0140,” revealed the chairman.Officials said market leader Grameenphone had applied to the telecom regulator in 2015, saying that they are facing scarcity of numbers as the allocated 10 crore numbers in 017 prefix were running out quickly. Besides, the third largest operator Banglalink also filed an application two years back seeking the prefix of 010.
Grameenphone earlier said its active connections crossed the seven crore mark as of July though it has sold over nine crore SIMs. A number series can hardly provide 10 crore connections.