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Govt to hand over 4G licences today

  • Published at 01:14 am February 19th, 2018
Govt to hand over 4G licences today
Mobile phone users will be able to experience the fastest data service from today following the handover of 4G/LTE licences to telecom regulators in the evening. Private mobile phone operators - Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink - are set to introduce the service immediately after receiving their licences, said officials. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood said on Sunday they will hand over the 4G/LTE licenses to the operators in a ceremony in the evening today. “The operators are ready to introduce the service as quickly as possible,” he added. BTRC declared Grameenphone, Robi, Banglalink and state-owned Teletalk as eligible for the 4G/LTE licence following their plea. The regulator held 4G spectrum auction on February 13 and provided spectrum technology neutrality which the operators had been requesting for some time. Grameenphone Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael Foley said: “Our 4G journey starts when we have the licence in hand, and so does the journey for many of our valued customers.” “Grameenphone strives to give its customers the best experience of the best technology and product,” he added. Robi Managing Director and CEO Mahtab Uddin Ahmed said: “Within a few minutes of receiving the 4G licenxe, Robi will launch its 4G services.” Another operator Banglalink in a statement said they are prepared to offer 4G service to their customers immediately after obtaining the licence. BTRC had put up 46.4MHz of spectrum for sale in the auction, but only two operators collected 15.6 MHz while two others stayed out of it. Banglalink bought 10.6 MHz spectrum - 5 MHz in 2100 band and 5.6 MHz in 1800 band while market leader Grameenphone took 5 MHz from the 1800 band. After the auction, market leader Grameenphone has totaled 37 MHz, while Banglalink owns a total of 30.6 MHz. Robi which merged with Airtel now has a total of 36.4 MHz spectrum in three different bands. Teletalk has a total of 25.2 MHz.