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BTRC cancels licenses of 124 VOIP Service Providers

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MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) cancelled licenses of 124 Voice over Internet Protocol Service Providers (VSPs). Zakir Hossain Khan, Senior Assistant Director of BTRC, said a letter in this regard, issued on August 5, was sent to the authorities concerned. Of the VSPs, 106 failed to pay government dues and renew licenses in time. Licenses of 18 other VSPs were not renewed as they failed to properly submit applications. The VSPs have been asked to clear the dues within a month.

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BTRC to slash GP, Robi’s bandwidth

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MNA Business Desk: The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has decided to reduce the bandwidth capacity Grameenphone and Robi as they failed to pay their dues to the government. Zakir Hossain Khan, Senior Assistant Director (PR) of BTRC, told UNB that 30 per cent bandwidth capacity of GP and 15 percent of Robi will be slashed as they could not clear their dues despite repeated notices. Zakir said GP, the country’s largest mobile phone operator, has Tk 125.8 billion dues to the government, including Tk 40.8 billion to the National Board of Revenue (NBR). Robi has dues of Tk 8.7 ...

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No 4G outside Dhaka

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) in a report said that country’s mobile phone operators are yet to ensure 4G services outside the capital. The telecom regular published on Wednesday the report of its comprehensive quality of service (GoS) measurement through drive tests conducted in four divisions to find out the internet speed, including 4G, service coverage, call setup success rate and call drop rate. During the drive tests, it was found that minimum download speed of at least 7mbps could not be ensured by the top three mobile operators — Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink — ...

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MNP service to be launched from Oct 1

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MNA Tech Desk: Mobile number portability (MNP) service for users will be launched in Bangladesh from October 1.MNP service allows cellphone or smartphone customer to change telecom carrier/operator while keeping the same phone number.  The authorized company for the job, Infozillion Teletech BD, has already completed all preparations for the launch. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory council (BTRC) has also taken all preparations including connecting with all mobile operators for providing the service. The MNP service was supposed to launch from May 30 but mobile phone operators were not ready.  To get the service, users have to pay Tk 50 free and ...

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Internet users cross 90m: BTRC

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MNA Tech Desk: The number of the country’s total internet users is now 90.5 million, according to statistics published on Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC)’s website. The BTRC released its statistics updated till the end of August, reported news agency. Among them, 84.7 million consumers are mobile phone internet users, 5.7 million are broadband internet (ISP + PSTN) users and the rest 83,000 are WiMax users. The total number of internet subscribers reached 88.9 million at the end of July.

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150m Bangladeshis use mobile phones

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: The total number of Bangladesh’s mobile phones subscribers reached nearly 150 million at the end of February, with addition of 3.66 million new users in the first two months of the year, statistics of the country’s telecom regulator showed on Tuesday. The number of subscribers in the country reached 148.76 million in February, news agency reported citing a data by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC). Bangladesh has now four mobile companies, three of whom — including Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink — are foreign-backed cellphone operators. However, the total number of Bangladesh’s mobile phone subscribers reached ...

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Bangabandhu-1 to be launched on May 4

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Country’s first commercial satellite ‘Bangabandhu-1’ will be launched from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on May 4, reported news agency. Private space flight and technology company SpaceX has confirmed the launch date for Bangladesh’s first satellite, BTRC Chairman Shahjahan Mahmud confirmed this to news agency. SpaceX had previously planned to launch the satellite using Falcon-9 rockets on Dec 16 of last year, but the launch was postponed due to damage from Hurricane Irma. The ‘Bangabandhu’ Satellite received the green light at a cabinet meeting in 2015. BTRC signed a loan deal worth Tk 20 billion with Thales ...

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BTRC overturns internet outage plan

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: Bangladesh has reversed its plan to block the internet as part of an effort to stop SSC questions leaking on Facebook and other social media sites after a brief outage on Monday morning. Telecom regulator BTRC sent instructions to mobile internet and ISP providers to suspend the limitation on the speed of the web.  Internet providers had tested a 25 kilobit per second limit on bandwidth from 10pm to 10:30pm on Sunday, effectively cutting off internet access for a half hour. The BTRC had also instructed the internet speed be restricted for two and a ...

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HC orders to block Blue Whale game

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MNA National Desk: The High Court (HC) issued order to block links to online games including most discussed Blue Whale Challenge, which are blamed for provoking players to commit suicide. Besides, HC also issued a rule asking as to why necessary actions will not be taken to stop these games. A High Court bench comprising Justice Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan issued the rule on Monday afternoon. Home Secretary, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) and Inspector General Police (IGP) and other concerned authorities were made respondents to the rule. Besides, the court also directed authorities concerned to stop ...

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Call 2872 to inform about Blue Whale Game

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has urged people to call at ‘2872’ if any web link, web address, mobile phone apps or any information related to ‘lethal online game Blue Whale’ is found. The directive came from a BTRC awareness message, signed by its senior assistant director M Jakir Hossain Khan, on Tuesday. The message also urged the parents, teachers of the educational institutions and all concerned to be aware and keep children and young generation under strong surveillance while using internet. The BTRC has not yet found any allegation or identified any pacific link ...

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Facebook blocking at midnight not finalized yet

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: The government has not taken any final decision on blocking Facebook for around six hours after midnight, said a notification on Monday issued by the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunication and Information Technology. “The Department of Posts, Telecommunication and Information Technology is firmly opposing the news. The government has taken no such final decision yet. Everyone is requested not to be baffled regarding the issue”, said the notification. It reads that the news published in different newspapers and online portals on Facebook to remain inaccessible for six hours from midnight, is not correct. Earlier, the cabinet ...

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First bamboo-made telecom tower installed in Dhaka

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: The first bamboo-made telecom tower was installed at the rooftop of a building at Uttara in the city on Tuesday. The technology group developed the tower in association with Bangladesh University of Engineering (BUET). BTRC chairman Shahjahan Mahmood, among others, was present during the installation ceremony. Tower management company Edotco installed the tower which was developed with home grown technology in collaboration with Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet). The company is focusing on the use of alternative material instead of the traditional steel structures in telecommunications. The company intends to roll out more ...

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BTRC to restart Citycell operations on 6 Nov

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MNA Business Desk: The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on Sunday decided to restart the spectrum allocation for Citycell obeying with a court order. BTRC chairman Shahjahan Mahmood confirmed this and a decision has been taken to restore Citycell’s operation can carry on its services starting this afternoon. The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court asked the BTRC why it had not yet restored the spectrum of Citycell, the country’s first mobile phone operator. A four-member HC bench, led by chief justice SK Sinha, passed the verbal order in the morning. On October 20, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission cancelled the ...

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Deal signed to launch Bangladesh’s first satellite

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MNA Technology Desk: Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) signed a Tk 1,400 crore agreement with Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) to build the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 and its launching ground. BTRC chairman Shahjahan Mahmood and deputy chief executive of HSBC, Bangladesh, Mahbub-Ur Rahman signed the deal on behalf of their respective sides at BTRC office in the capital, reported news agency. State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim, French ambassador in Dhaka Sophie Aubert and senior BTRC officials were present on the occasion. Tarana Halim said Bangabandhu Satellite-1 is expected to be launched on the victory day (16 December) ...

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Citycell to pay Tk 477.51 crore within 3 months

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MNA Business Desk: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Citycell to pay its Tk 477.51 crore dues to the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Council (BTRC) in installments within 3 months. A five-member bench, led by the chief justice SK Sinha, passed the order after hearing petition filed by Citycell. The court also ordered that Citycell, the country’s oldest mobile phone operator, can continue its operation on some conditions condition. Citycell also has to pay fees including license fee on regular basis from 17 September to the BTRC. Earlier on 22 August, the High Court stayed until 16 ...

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Grameenphone to use ‘013’ prefix

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MNA Business Desk: Grameenphone has been given the permission to use ‘013’  as a second prefix for mobile-phone numbers in addition to the old ‘017’series. BTRC Chairman Shahjahan Mahmood said that the operator has been permitted to use the new series on some conditions. But the BTRC chief did not disclose the conditions. However, Grameenphone applied for the new prefix last year, stating around 100 million numbers with ‘017’ prefix would soon be exhausted. Along the lines of National Numbering Plan, mobile-phone numbers start with ’01’. Grameenphone is using ‘017’ as the prefix, Citycell ‘011’, Teletalk ‘015’, Airtel ‘016’, Robi ...

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$50 penalty per fake SIM within a week

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MNA Editorial Desk: The state minister of posts and telecommunications, Tarana Halim, has said that selling unauthorized, biometrically verified SIM cards will invite $50 penalty per fake SIM within in a week. The suggestion is aimed at restriction on the use of SIM cards that are not registered with bona fide consumers. “We are monitoring all operators closely. If any SIM has been inadvertently registered with the wrong biometric details the operators will have to bear penalty of $50 per SIM. A letter in this regard from the BTRC will be sent out to operators soon. So far, 120 million ...

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Citycell users have only 7 days

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MNA Business Report: Tarana Halim, State Minister for Post and Telecommunications, said on Tuesday that Citycell users have only 7 days to switch to another operator. Tarana Halim later confirmed that her division has decided in principle to cancel the licence of Citycell, the oldest mobile-phone operator in Bangladesh. Questioned what would happen to 400 Citycell workers once the operator closed, she replied, “It’s their internal matter. The ministry or BTRC can’t say anything on this issue.” Earlier on August 2, Shahjahan Mahmood, Telecom regulators BTRC Chairman, said the authorities shut down the company anytime. According to the BTRC information, ...

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BTRC declared to shutdown 204 ISPs

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MNA Business Desk: The BTRC (Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission) has declared to shutdown 204 ISPs (internet service providers) in Bangladesh. The telecom regulators on Tuesday ordered all International Internet Gateway (IIG) and ISPs to sever the connections of these entities by Aug 25. According to BTRC, there are more than 500 ISPs across the country under the categories of A, B and C. It informed that these ISPs had not provided essential info to them after securing license and they are yet to pay their dues. Of the 204 ISPs that are going out of business, 33 provide internet at ...

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Citycell shutting down for governments dues

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MNA Business Desk: Oldest mobile-phone operator Citycell is shutting down for failing to pay the government’s dues. Dr. Shahjahan Mahmood, Telecom regulators BTRC Chairman, said the authorities will shut down the company anytime. BTRC will inform the Citycell consumers to switch to other operators within Aug 16, Mahmood also advised. Bangladesh’s lone CDMA operator, which has seen a huge migration of its subscribers, owes the government over Tk. 4.775 billion in dues. According to the BTRC information, the quantity of its clients was 700,000 in June, which is less than 1% of total mobile-phone users. Mahmood also told to media ...

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