Bangladesh LTE Summit took place yesterday at Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel in the capital. The day-long summit was jointly organized by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission and Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh. The need for launching Long- Term Evaluation (LTE) services, which is known as 4G services in Bangladesh, was highlighted in the meeting. Representatives from different mobile operators were present in the summit and the speakers criticized the fiber optical service of the country. They said the progress in infrastructure building is very slow to introduce 4G services here. Also, they urged the government to make it fast and simple, considering cost efficiency.
The experts from the mobile operators asked to review taxation policy for mobile industries. They specifically asked to reduce tax and duty on mobile handsets and mobile phone services. This will confirm reasonable cellular services and improved investment in the telecom industry.
Over 60% of the world population is expected to be under LTE network by 2018. Ahsan Habib Khan, acting vice chairman of BTRC believes, “Spectrum and tech-neutrality needed to be addressed for the betterment of telecom services.
Petter-B Furberg, CEO of Grameenphone, said, “To confirm better mobile services for customers, at least 10 Mgh spectrums is needed.” He also mentioned how important speedy network and service is for the customers.
Mahtab Uddin Ahmed, managing director and CEO of Robi Axiata Limited talked specifically about the regulation and tax regime. He said, “We are operating in this country for 17 years and hardly made any profits.”
Banglalink Digital Communication Ltd Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Taimur Rahman expected supports from the government side to ensure greater access to data for people.