BTRC likely to set spectrum conversion fee at $4m | 2017-11-09

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BTRC likely to set spectrum conversion fee at $4m

Shamim Jahangir

9 November, 2017 12:00 AM printer

BTRC likely to set spectrum conversion fee at $4m

The telecom regulator is likely to set the spectrum conversion fee at $4 million to offer technology neutrality to the mobile phone operators in spectrum use, which will help them roll out the 4G services.

“The spectrum conversion fee for technology neutrality of mobile phone operators might be settled at $4 million,” Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood told the daily sun.

He also said they have already discussed the fee with the telecom operators, adding that BTRC will soon place a proposal to the Posts and Telecommunications Ministry in this regard.

At a meeting on October 19, Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy instructed the ministry to set the fee between $3 and $5 million in consultation with the mobile operators.

The telecom regulator initially considered the fee at $7.5 million for introducing 4G service in December 2017.

Regarding the observations from mobile phone operators on the 4G guideline, State Minister for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim said most of the issues have been addressed while the remaining one or two issues would be settled through the discussion between BTRC and the mobile operators.

On September 20 this year, keeping room for a new mobile phone operator, the ministry announced that auction for the spectrum of 4G (Fourth Generation) mobile telecom service would be held in November this year.  

The government has decided to provide technology neutrality through the upcoming auction which the mobile network operators have been demanding since long. But the operators expressed concern over the fee for spectrum conversion.

The telecom regulator will allow technology neutrality for the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands.