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BTRC scraps 30 ISP licences

  • Published at 12:13 am February 18th, 2020
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As per the rule, the ISPs are supposed to apply for renewal of their respective licences 180 days before expiry

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission on Monday cancelled licences of 30 internet service providers (ISPs) for failing to renew their licences by the deadline.

As per the rule, the ISPs are supposed to apply for renewal of their respective licences 180 days before expiry. 

A BTRC notice issued on the day said the regulator would take action against the ISPs under the Public Demand Recovery Act 1913.

Commission officials said majority of the ISPs were unwilling to renew their licences due to poor business.

According to the latest BTRC data, 1,478 entities are now operating ISP business across the country. Of them, 146 entities provide nationwide internet services, 103 at central zones, 49 at zonal levels.

“Too many licences were given without proper evaluation and it saturated the market. Now a large number of ISPs are unwilling to renew their licences,” a BTRC official said.

He said the commission scraped licences of around 250 ISPs in the last two years.

"Now we will run a financial and technical survey to assess the business condition,” he added.

The BTRC move came following the slow growth of the broadband internet connectivity in the country as the ISPs added only 8,000 new internet users last year.

The total number of broadband internet users is now 5.73 lakh.