Bangladesh set for 3G

15 February 2013 | Kavit Majithia


Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has opened its process to issue 3G licences in the country.

The regulator has invited proposals from domestic companies or partnerships between domestic and foreign companies for a 3G licence in the country.

It will hold auctions for four 2.1GHz licences and has already assigned one licence to state-owned operator Teletalk.

A new entrant is also guaranteed to receive a licence, although it will not be reserved, and a total of 40MHz will be available in blocks of 5MHz with bidders only allowed to acquire two blocks, or 10MHz.

The base price per auction has been set to $20 million per MHz, with licensees also allowed to use spectrum for 4G/LTE.

The application deadline is set at May 12 2013, and the auction is planned for June 24 2013.