Mobile phone operators cannot set up new tower
Mobile phone operators of the country will not be able to set up any new tower. Besides, operators will not be permitted to rent towers to others.
The policy is going to be effected after providing tower sharing licenses to four companies.
The licenses were handed over to four companies responsible for tower sharing at a program held at Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on Thursday.
Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar, Post and Telecommunication division Secretary Shyam Sundar Sikder and BTRC Chairman Md. Johurul Haque were present at that time.
The four companies which got licenses are- Edotco Bangladesh, Summit Powers Limited, Kirtankhola Tower Bangladesh Limited and AB Hightech Consortium Limited.
The licenses were given considering the matters of huge cost for mobile network setup, maintenance and infrastructure management as well as uncontrolled number of towers, scarcity of land and electricity and negative affect for environment.
It was informed in the program that as a result of providing tower sharing licenses the mobile phone operators will not be able to set up any new tower based on mobile tower license rollout. Besides, one operator will not be able to offer rental service to another operator. But they will be able to sell tower to license holder tower companies.
In the first year of obtaining license the companies have to expand their service in all the divisional cities. In the second year the service has to be expanded at the district level, in third year at 30 percent upazilas, in fourth year 60 percent upazilas and in fifth year in all the upazilas of the country.
To get the tower sharing license for providing tower sharing service 8 companies applied to BTRC in last June. Following evaluation of the application 4 companies were provided the licenses.