BTRC to forge competition through ranking telcos, ISPs

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission will rank telecom and internet service providers based on different evaluation methods, including customer surveys, inspections, audits and test drives.

The telecom regulator is also considering to publish the final evaluation report on its website or through the media to raise public awareness and create a competitive environment conducive for better service. The BTRC yesterday issued a gazette notification on this in its first regulation to fix the service quality issue.

The gazette, signed by Md Jahirul Haque, acting chairman of BTRC, also declared a minimum of 7 mbps internet downlink speed in fourth generation (4G) data services as the standard and an uplink speed of 1 mbps. For 3G, the minimum downlink speed was set at 2 mbps and uplink speed was 128 kbps.

Navojit Dastidar