BTRC Taking Away Unused Bandwidths

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has started to take away the unused bandwidths form Internet Service Provider (ISP) organizations and Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) operators. BTRC took this decision to get optimal output from the existing bandwidth.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s Information and Communication Technology Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy made the decision during his last meeting with BTRC.

BTRC has also made the decision to offer 4G internet (700 megahertz bandwidth) through a bidding system–where the company with the lowest bid will be given the opportunity to operate in Bangladesh. To make sure the bidding system is fully operational, BTRC has canceled the existing agreement with ‘AlwaysOn’ to offer 4G services through an ISP operator.

According to International Telecommunication Union (ITU) commission’s new regulations (2010)—700 megahertz bandwidth service is a subject of preservation, in order to provide faster-mobile-broadband connections.

Initially, ‘AlwaysOn’ was given the allotment of 12 megahertz. But, after ITU’s new regulations were implemented in 2010, AlwaysOn’s allotment was reduced to 5 gigahertz. ‘AlwaysOn’ has appealed in the High Court to withdraw the bandwidth reduction form BRTC.

BTRC has also reduced the bandwidth for ISP operator PoliTrade and two PSTN operators PeoplesTel and WorldTel. WorldTel was accused of bringing in VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) calls in to the country. BTRC plans to permanently cancel their permission to receive any bandwidth.

700 megahertz is the idea bandwidth for congested city-areas and BTRC wants to make sure–customers receive the finest internet services in their mobile devices. Currently, there are 1,800 mobile operators (2G) in Bangladesh.

In previously years, BTRC was unable to instigate 2G and 3G operations to take part in a bidding system for their bandwidths. But, now BTRC is determine to distribute 700 megahertz bandwidth (4G) through an effective online bidding.

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