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BTRC: Bangladesh Telecommunication, the 3G evolution

Director, Systems and Services: Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission
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Raqueeb Hassan

on 20 April 2013

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Transcript of BTRC: Bangladesh Telecommunication, the 3G evolution

All Licensed Operators Communications Reachability BTRC, How we got here Skilled Workforce Digital Bangladesh How we evolved here .... I added the missing black market Communication made significant growth to GDP and BTRC made it and that made the difference Bridging The Internet Usage Gap: Urban and Rural Areas: Bangladesh As of June, 2012 Market Standings, Mobile Communication
Sector has increased the productivity Key Telecom Index Bangladesh Case Study Penetration Internet Job Creation ('12) 55% 21% 15 Lacs 41 Years BTRC Result Digital Bangladesh Data and voice connectivity has reached significantly Result
Thank You for being with us ? Tools Leveraging Internet Changing Lifestyle Bringing Positive Changes in Society and How Introduction of new technologies and services Connecting the people in the remotest possible places BTRC has created;

Investor friendly environment
level playing field for better competition
supports operators for a collaborative working environment
supports new initiatives Guiding Principles of Telecommunication- Keeping the price within affordability More 4000 Km of fiber cable has been added by new operators B A N G L A D E S H >>> Competition : Intense
Call charges : Declining
Customer service : Improving
Geographic coverage : Expanding
New value-added services : Improving All these indications suggest a healthy & robust Telecommunication industry with promising growth in the area of technology, services and consumers’ choices .... BTRC
The Telecommunications Milestones 1989
First license awarded to Bangladesh Telecom Limited (Later transferred to Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Ltd. – Citycell). Initially with AMPS, then in 1999 introduced CDMA.
This license gave Citycell monopoly for 5years.
Citycell had only 7,900 Subscribers till 1996.
High price and very limited network coverage was the reason behind low penetration.

1996
11 November, government awarded three GSM licenses to Private Sector to operate cellular mobile phone networks to GrameenPhone (GP), TMIB (Aktel) Ltd. and Sheba Telecom Ltd (now Banglalink).

1998
National Telecom Policy 1998 formulated.
2000
Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) made open.
2001
Bangladesh Telecommunication Act 2001 enacted.

2002
BTRC formed.
BTTB joined SEA-ME-WE-4 Submarine Cable Consortium. 2004
Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) Licensing – 10 Operators.
Licensing procedure regulation issued.
Interconnection Regulation 2004 was issued.

2005
Mobile GSM license to Warid/Teletalk/Banglalink.
Amendment of interconnection regulation.
Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) Licensing – 5 Operators.
2006
SEA ME WE 4 connectivity.
2007
ILDTS policy issued.
Revision of Interconnection charge (lowered from Tk. 0.66 to 0.40).
Issued 4 Nation wide PSTN Licenses.
Licensing procedure regulation amended.
Introduced Tariff Circuit (Lowest – Tk. 0.25, Highest – Tk.2.00). 2008

3 x IGW, 2 x ICX and 1 x IIG Licenses issued in February 2008 by Open Auction.
300+ x Call Center licenses issued (after Public Consultation/Hearing).
Network coverage in 3 hill track districts.
3 x BWA (Broadband Wireless Access) Licenses was Auctioned.
Amendment of interconnection regulation.

2009

99% population and 90% area brought under telecommunication network coverage
Internet density increased to 7.10% and bandwidth price reduced to BDT 12,000.00

Price reduction of international outgoing calls tariff

Introduced Nationwide Telecommunication Transmission Network (NTTN), Internet Protocol (IP) Telephone, and Call Center licenses

Infrastructure sharing guideline implemented

SIM/RUIM registration process put into practice

Simplified the Value Added Services (VAS) process

Established Radio Frequency Spectrum Monitoring facilities in the country When BTRC has opened the framework to all foreseeable futuristic use.

Any technology to be used, depending on market condition.

It is meant for a technology neutral/ technology agnostic framework. Why calling this as 3G license? Spectrum for this license Total 50 MHz spectrum from the spectrum band 2.1 GHz (1920 MHz -1970 MHz/2110 MHz-2160 MHz) will be auctioned for Cellular Mobile Phone Services (3G/4G/LTE) Operator License.

The 50 MHz of spectrum is available in 05 blocks of 10 + 10 (Uplink +Downlink) MHz each of 1920 MHz-1930MHz/2110MHz-2120MHz, 1930 MHz 1940MHz/2120MHz-2130MHz, 1940 MHz-1950MHz/2130MHz-2140MHz, 1950 MHz-1960MHz/2140MHz-2150MHz and 1960 MHz-1970MHz/2150MHz-2160MHz.

The benefit of 10 Mhz bundling

The risk of unsold frequencies would be avoided, the NPV is going down.
Better user experience even in congested cell sites.
The chance of natural pricing may occur.

The benefit of 5 Mhz bundling

All can afford it.
Most can start early and then buy later. Coverage Questions? The power of small wins. It combines. Entrepreneurs can change the world. Follow us on Facebook.com/BTRCpage Wisdom, Knowledge and Education Bangladesh Case Internet is changing the demography of Bangladesh, look at the social media, it will say all. Defining the Availability Gap? 4th Generation? Voice Gap, how far 5th Generation or Future proof
Technology? Connecting the unconnected Spectrum De-linking? Spectrum Bundled with the License? Please look up for a word, critical mass! In social dynamics, critical mass is a sufficient number of adopters of an innovation in a social system so that the rate of adoption becomes self-sustaining and creates further growth. Critical Mass, <30% BB The theory of diffusion has four main elements that influence the spread of a new idea: the innovation, communication channels, time, and a social system. This process relies heavily on human capital. The innovation must be widely adopted in order to self-sustain. Within the rate of adoption, there is a point at which an innovation reaches critical mass.
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