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Govt plans to issue new telecom licences for 5G

  • Published at 06:52 pm November 25th, 2019
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On October 17, Post and Telecommunication Minister Mustafa Jabbar announced that 5G technology would be launched across the country, a faster internet technology, by 2021

The government is planning to issue new mobile phone licences to roll out 5G technology as a number of foreign companies are keen to invest in the fast expanding telecommunication sector.

Representatives of mobile companies from Japan, Korea and Saudi Arab recently held meetings with senior officials at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication to discuss the matter, said officials.

On October 17, Post and Telecommunication Minister Mustafa Jabbar announced that 5G technology would be launched across the country, a faster internet technology, by 2021.

“We got proposals from Japan, Korea and Saudi Arab for rolling out 5G technology. Although there are quarters who claim our telecom industry is passing through a turbulent time but the reality is in the opposite,” Mustafa Jabbar told Dhaka Tribune last week.

He said the government was analyzing the proposals and ready to issue new mobile phone licenses to roll out 5G technology.

“If we find the proposals feasible, the government stands ready to provide new mobile phone licences to make the industry vibrant,” he added.   

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) already started to formulate a guideline for the 5G roll-out, it was learnt.

The BTRC plans to cover the entire country (up to upazila level, growth centres and railway stations) with 5G by 2026.

The BTRC team was considering to introduce 5G in 2.6 and 3.5 Gigahertz band spectrum, said a commission’s top official.

Eelier in July the BTRC temporarily slashed GP’s bandwidth by 30% and Robi’s by 15% for failing to clear the huge unpaid dues to the government.

On July 22, the BTRC decided not to give approval to the two mobile phone operators to roll out new packages or services, or import network equipment to pressure them into clearing their dues. 

The BTRC audit claim dispute with the two operators is currently pending with the court.

In February last year, the government provided 4G licence to four mobile phone companies through an spectrum auction and earned Tk5,268.51 crore in revenue. 

Banglalink took 10.6 MHz spectrum from different two bands – 2100 and 1800, with a price of Tk2,558 crore while Grameenphone took 5MHz from 1800 band with a price of Tk1,284 crore.

Robi did not buy any spectrum as it and Airtel merged while Teletalk has already enough spectrum to launch the 4G services.