3G auction held — 4 cellphone operators emerge winners

==3G-Palash-Khan (700 x 424)DHAKA : The government will get $525 million as the country’s four private mobile phone operators won licenses for the third generation (3G) cellular mobile phone services at an auction here on Sunday, reports UNB.
The four cellphone operators are Grameenphone, Robi, Banglalink and Airtel.
Among them, Grameenphone got the license for 10 mhz spectrum at US$ 21 m for each mhz while the other operators got licenses for 5 mhz spectrum each.
This was the first auction of its kind in Bangladesh held at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel.
Posts and Telecommunication Minister Sahara Khatun, BTRC chairman Sunil Kanti Bose and senior officials concerned were present at the auction.
BTRC has allocated a total of 40 mhz spectrum for 3G. A total of eight blocks-each 5 mhz – were placed for the auction.
Though each 1 mhz floor price was fixed for $ 20 m, it rose to $21 m after the auction. An exchange rate of one dollar was fixed at Tk 77.75 before the auction.
After their auction, BTRC Chairman Sunil Kanti Bose said the government will earn about Tk 4081 crore selling the 25 mhz spectrum. “The decision about the remaining unsold 15 mhz spectrum will be taken later,” he added.
The BTRC chairman said the licenses will be issued within 10 days after the operators deposit their respective money.
He said all the operators have to launch their 3G services in every division within nine months, or else, they will have to pay Tk 50 crore each in fine.
The BTRC (Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission) invited applications from interested mobile phone operators for providing 3G license on July 29.
Earlier, only state-run mobile operator Teletalk Bangladesh Ltd had been providing 3G service allowing its users to use their smart phones for TV viewing and holding videoconferences through high-speed wireless internet.