All but Banglalink received 3G license

DHAKA : Apart from Banglalink, all the three cellular phone operators which won spectrum bidding have been awarded the much awaited 3G license, reports BSS.
The telecom regulator did not issue license to the Banglalink, as the second largest operator in the country could not deposited the full amount of spectrum assignment fee. The regulator today at a ceremony handed over the license to Grameenphone, Robi and Airtel.
Talking to BSS, Sunil Kanti Bose, chairman of the telecom regulatory body, said the 3G license of Banglalink is on the process. “The license will be issued to Banglalink soon,” he added.
According to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), Banglalink deposited Taka 321 crore, although the operator was supposed to pay Taka 525 crore in the first installment for 5 MHz airwave. The operator, however, deposited Taka 10 crore as 3G license fee.
The Banglalink along with Robi and Airtel has won 5 MHz spectrum each at US$ 21 million for per MHz through open 3G auction that held September 8. The market leader Grameenphone has taken 10 MHz airwave at the same price. According to the 3G/4G/LTE licensing guideline, the operators have to pay 60 percent of the total spectrum acquisition fee within 30 working days and the rest amount by 180 days under second installment. Grameenphone deposited Taka 1,632 crore as spectrum fee a day after the auction while Robi made payment Taka 525 crore on September 10 and Airtel deposited on Thursday.
Grameenphone Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Mahmud Hossain collected the license from BTRC chairman in the afternoon while Mahmudur Rahman, Executive Vice President of Robi and Chris Tobit, Chief Executive Officer of Airtel, received the license on behalf their companies. However, the regulator issued no objection certificate (NOC) to all the operators to import equipment.
Speaking the occasion, Sunil Kanti Bose said the government has issued 3G license and now the operators have the responsibility to rollout across the country as well as provide quality services to the customer.
The BTRC chairman urged the operators to conduct survey on the customers’ satisfaction to ensure quality services. “If the operators conduct survey, I am sure most of the customers will say they are not satisfied,” he added.
Bose said the operators should offer consumer friendly data package to attract the customer initially. “If they (operators) offer high price initially, negative impact on 3G service would be spread among the people,” he opined.
Mentioning the 3G rollout plan declared by the two operators, the BTRC chairman urged others operators who won license to announce their rollout plan regarding the mobile broadband technology.


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