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Two more LTE operators in the offing

Update : 25 Dec 2013, 06:06 PM

Two more companies would be awarded with licences to provide modern telecom data services – Long Term Evolution (LTE).

They are Mango Telecom Services Limited and government-owned Bangladesh Telecommunication Company Limited (BTCL). “We’ve decided to issue the licences as the WiMAX technology is becoming obsolete day by day,” Post and Telecommunication Secretary Abubakar Siddique told the Dhaka Tribune.

At present, there are three LTE operators in the country.

“BTCL will provide LTE services in a particular area under a foreign funded project. The spectrum charge will be paid from the project,” said the secretary.

Earlier, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission had awarded the licence to Bangladesh Internet Exchange Limited (BIEL) under the brand name Ollo, mainly owned by Russian company Multinate, with 20 Megahertz spectrum in 2600 band at a payment of Tk246 crore.

Two WiMAX operators – Banglalion and Qubee were also permitted to provide the LTE services. Both the operators had taken Wimax license in 2008 after holding an open auction. Both the companies paid Tk215 crore each for the licence.  

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