Bangladesh operators demand more spectrum in lockdown - Mobile World Live

Bangladesh operators demand more spectrum in lockdown

24 APR 2020

Mobile operators in Bangladesh urged the telecoms regulator to release additional spectrum for three months as they face a spike in data usage as lockdown measures sharply boosted demand for mobile services.

While Robi Axiata, Banglalink and Teletalk called on the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to release 20MHz of idle spectrum in the 2100MHz band for free, market leader Grameenphone said it would pay for its 5MHz share, reported The Daily Star, a local newspaper.

Robi Axiata, the second-ranked player by subscribers, said during a press briefing its data usage jumped more than 25 per cent, making it impossible to maintain the same level of service for customers with its current spectrum allocation.

Shahed Alam, chief corporate and regulatory officer at Robi Axiata, told the newspaper that allocating more spectrum is the only alternative, noting that within seven days of receiving spectrum it can significantly raise service quality.

Hossain Sadat, head of regulatory affairs at Grameenphone, said it would take part in discussions with BTRC for the release of more airwaves, The Daily Star added.



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Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he...

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