BTRC to have its own building by 2020

DHAKA : Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is going to have its own office building by 2020 after the 18 years of its establishment.
The government has adopted a development project to construct a 12-storey building with an estimated cost of Taka 202 crore in Sher-e-Banglanagar, an official of planning ministry told BSS.
He said the project would be placed before the meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) tomorrow for the final approval. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to chair the meeting at NEC Conference Room in city’s Sher-e-Banglanagar.
According to the Development Project Proforma (DPP) of “Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Building Construction”, Ministry of Housing and Public Works has already allotted a one-acre plot to the BTRC in the Agargaon Administrative area in Sher-e-Banglanagar.
Department of Public Works and BTRC will jointly construct the 12-storey building with three basements laying 18-storey foundation.
On January 31, 2002, the BTRC has been formulated according to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Act-2001 as the regulatory body for the country’s telecommunication and related sectors.
BTRC has been running its activities in 112,000 square feet of the three floors of IEB Building rented from the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) in capital’s Ramna paying over Taka 11 crore annually. But, BTRC has been facing crisis of accommodation to run daily jobs, as areas of activities of the body has been expanded gradually with the time.
With the expansion of 2G and 3G telecommunication services, now Bangladesh has stepped into 4G era and mulling to introduce 5G soon. Besides, the country is going to have own communication satellite within this month. BTRC started its journey with 41 officials and employees, but now the number has risen to 455 while the satellite project has 105 manpowers. In addition, BTRC will have a total manpower 1,564 in next ten years and Bangabandhu Satellite will require a total of 315 manpower when it will go into full-fledged operation.
So, BTRC has to install modern equipment to ensure quality of services in the telecom sector and operate satellite, which are not possible without its own building.