BTRC lifts 20Mbps minimum speed requirement for 4G services

22 Jan 2018

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) will not enforce a precondition that required wireless service providers to ensure a minimum 20Mbps download speed in their 4G licence applications. Shahjahan Mahmood, chairman of the telecom regulator, told The Daily Star that the minimum speed requirement will be kept as a quality of service (QoS) directive, with the figure to be updated ‘from time to time’, adding: ‘In the QoS directive, we will set a standard speed and if operators fail to ensure it, they will face tough action.’

Last week the BTRC received five applications for 4G licences, with all four privately-owned operators – GrameenPhone, Robi Axiata, Banglalink and defunct Citycell – set to participate in the 4G spectrum auction scheduled for 13 February.