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4G auction: Application submission today

January 14, 2018 00:00:00

Today is the date for application submission for the 4G spectrum auction, but the mobile network operators (MNOs) are still bargaining for reducing price, reports BSS.

As the business case is related here so some issues are required to be reconsidered, say the MNOs.

Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh (AMTOB) Secretary General T I M Nurul Kabir said the MNOs were discussing some issues individually with the telecom regulator.

"As business case is involved here that is why they (MNOs) are reviewing the guidelines and discussing some queries," he added.

Replying to a query regarding the submission of application today, Kabir said he is optimistic but "everything would be clear tomorrow (Sunday)".

In the first week of December last, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) announced the 4G/LTE Licensing Guidelines and spectrum auction roadmap in less than a week after getting the final nod from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

According to the spectrum action roadmap, officials said the BTRC invited applications from the MNOs on December 4 while the date for submission of application to the commission is January 14.

The BTRC will publish the list of qualified applicants for the auction on January 25

while consultation on auction procedure will take place on January 29. The date for submission of bid earnest money is February 5, letter of acceptance/rejection to participate in the bidding February 7 and mock auction on February 13.

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