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BTRC invites applications for 4G licence

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Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on Monday invited applications for the licence of the fourth generation (4G) mobile phone services in the country.

Interested operators can submit their applications till January 14 next to have the licence.

The proposals were sought following a decision made in a special meeting of the commission in the afternoon, BTRC Secretary Sarwar Alam said while talking to media in the evening.

He said the tender inviting offers for the licence for the 4G mobile network in the country was published at the BTRC’s official website.

The list of eligible operators will be published on January 25, the BTRC Secretary said, adding that the auction for the 4G spectrum will be held on February 13 and the names of the winners will be announced on February 14.

On November 29 last, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved the revised guidelines for the 4G network, he said.

Sarwar said 22 of the 23 concerns raised by the country’s mobile phone companies about the guidelines during a meeting with Prime Minister’s ICT adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy were taken into consideration fully while the other was considered partially.

-SAM

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