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BTRC fixes unified rate for ISPs, IIGs, NTTN

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  • 13 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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BTRC fixes unified rate for ISPs, IIGs, NTTN

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Bangladesh Telecommunication Regularity Commission (BTRC) has fixed the unified rate under ‘One country, One rate’ for Internet Service Providers (ISPs), International Internet Gateways (IIGs) and Nationwide Telecommunication Transmission Network (NTTN) on Thursday.

The unified rate would come into effect from September 1 and Internet service providers (ISPs) will now be able to take services at about 90 per cent lower prices.

The regulatory body declared the new tariffs through a virtual press conference on Thursday.

Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar inaugurated the tariff.

The minister said that the announcement of the unified rate has made it easier to implement ‘One Country One Rate’ internet across the country.

“After the announcement of ‘One Country, One Rate’ internet on June 6, there were problems in its implementation. Now it will be resolved,” he added.

He said that the fixed service price is for broadband internet. He also called upon the concerned people to fix the service charges of IIG and NTTN for mobile operators.

“There have been hundreds of complaints against the mobile operators over call drop and network problems,” the minister said.

Posts and Telecommunications Secretary Afzal Hossain said, “We will be able to launch 5G network by 2021. Teletalk has taken a project in this regard.”

BTRC has fixed the bandwidth price for 11 slabs in different volumes for IIG and the service price for 15 slabs in terms of volume of transmission capacity for NTTNs.

It is the backhaul (capacity based) tariff of private NTTNs for IIGs and ISPAs for providing broadband internet services.

In addition, the price of ISPs has already been fixed in 3 slabs (5 Mbps at Tk 500, 10 Mbps at Tk 800 and 20 Mbps at Tk 1,200).

Earlier, the three companies had unofficially fixed a price and present it to the customer.

BTRC Chairman Shyam Sundar Sikder presided over the function.

BTRC Vice Chairman Subrata Roy Maitra, BTCL Managing Director Dr Rafiqul Matin, NTTN organisation Summit Communications Limited’s Managing Director Arif Al Islam, ISPAB President Aminul Hakim, and IIG Forum Secretary General Ahmed Junaid, among others, attended the function.