BTRC grants Robi tech neutrality in 900MHz, 1800MHz bands

5 Feb 2018

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has given mobile operator Robi Axiata the go-ahead to use its entire 2G spectrum holding in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands for 2G/3G/4G services, the Daily Star writes. Robi – the sole operator to apply for tech neutrality in the two bands so far – will pay fees of USD40 million for the concession upgrade. Shahjahan Mahmood, chairman of the BTRC, said that the authority expects to earn over USD100 million by offering tech neutrality to the operators; market leader GrameenPhone has to pay USD47 million to use its 22MHz spectrum holding in the 900MHz/1800MHz bands for 2G/3G/4G services, Banglalink USD32 million (15MHz) and Teletalk USD32 million (15MHz).