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Bangladesh to enter 4G era as government approves guideline

Staff Writer | September 14, 2017
Five years after the roll-out of 3G network, Bangladesh is now all set to enter 4G era as the government has approved relevant guideline with spectrum prices, paving the way for the telecom regulator to stage an open auction at its earliest.
Asia   Mohamamd Enayet Hossain:
Mohamamd Enayet Hossain, spokesman of the Bangladeshi government's Posts and Telecommuni­cations Division, told Xinhua that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday approved the guideline for 4G or the fourth generation of mobile telecommunications technology, succeeding 3G.

Hossain said the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) will now hold an open auction to distribute spectrum

by next two months. "We are working on it to finalize the date (for auction)," Md.Zakir Hossain Khan, senior assistant director of BTRC's Media & Communication, told Xinhua, but did not elaborate further.

In line with the approved guideline, the floor price for each megahertz of spectrum in the 2,100 band has been set at $27 million and $30 million in the 900 and 1,800 bands.

Apart from four Bangladeshi cellphone operators, sources said local and foreign companies will also be able to take part in the auction to run 4G technology in the country where the total number of mobile phone subscribers reached 136 million at the end of June with an addition of about 10 million new users in the first six months of this year.

They said currently Bangladesh's biggest operator Grameenphone has 14.6 MHz of spectrum in the 1,800 band and 7.4 MHz in the 900 band. ‚Ė†