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Govt plans to limit number of mobile SIM cards

The government is considering a cap on the number of SIM cards a person can hold in order to end the registration chaos created by mobile-phone operators scrambling to increase subscribers, reports The regulators BRTC recently sent a proposal to the Posts and Telecommunications Division suggesting a maximum of 20 SIM cards against one National Identity (NID) card. If ... Read More »

SIM registration with finger print from Wednesday Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) registration with finger print is set to begin its test run from Wednesday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ICT advisor and also her son would inaugurate the programme. State Minister for Post and Telecommunication Tarana Halim made the announcement at a press conference at the secretariat on Wednesday. The press conference was organised upon completion of ... Read More »

TRAI directs mobile operators in India to compensate users Rs 1 per call drop

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has come out with a regulation asking telecom operators to compensate users at the rate of Rs 1 per call drop, reports The directive comes a day after Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitely expressed his anguish over the problem at a meeting with Vodafone Group CEO Vittorio Colao. Those privy to the meeting ... Read More »

Grameenphone share prices fall

  Shares of the largest telecoms operator, Grameenphone (GP), are in a freefall on gloomy market sentiments over the news of a planned tie-up between its rivals, mobile number portability facility just around the bend, and fresh registration of SIM cards, reports The price plunged by 17.50 percent in value on the Dhaka Stock Exchange over the past one ... Read More »

Robi, Airtel seek regulators’ permission for merger

Mobile-phone operators Robi and Airtel have sought permission from telecoms regulators BTRC for a merger that could create Bangladesh’s second biggest wireless carrier behind Norwegian giant Telenor’s Grameenphone, reports  In a letter, the operators said Malaysia’s Axiata Group and NTT DoCoMo Inc of Japan would have 75 percent share and India’s Bharti Airtel would have the rest after the ... Read More »

Shahjahan Mahmood, not Iqbal Mahmood to be BTRC chairman

The government has taken back the order appointing Iqbal Mahmood as the chief of BTRC within a month of issuing it, reports  A public administration ministry order issued on Wednesday said Engineer Shahjahan Mahmood will be the next chairman of the telecoms regulators. Shahjahan Mahmood’s job contract requires him to sever ties with every other organisation. His contract will ... Read More »

GP call drop cheating charge fuels Bangladesh social media anger

Grameenphone users have taken the social media by storm over accusations that it reneged on a compensatory talk-time offer without letting customers know, reports  Bangladeshis also poured scorn on’s verified Facebook fan page about the internet and customer services of country’s top mobile-phone operator. The firestorm of complaints and condemnation has brought to the fore deep disappointment and ... Read More »

Norway tightens mobile network regulation to boost competition

Norway’s telecoms regulator will impose tighter regulations of the price top operator Telenor is allowed to charge other companies for using its mobile phone network, the Norwegian Communications Authority (NKOM) said on Thursday, reports  Telenor has a market share of just over 50 percent of all Norwegian mobile phone subscriptions, and a 56 percent share of revenues, it added. ... Read More »

Only unregistered mobile SIM will have to be registered: BTRC

Those who have registered their mobile phone SIM cards properly during purchase will not be required to go through the process again, says the telecom regulator, reports Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Sunil Kanti Bose at a press briefing on Monday said, “Not all of the 130 million SIMs will have to be registered again.” The re-registration process has been ... Read More »

Axiata on talks with Bharti Airtel on combining operations Axiata Group Berhad and Bharti Airtel Limited have announced that they have entered into an exclusive discussion to explore the possibility of combining the business operations of their telecommunication subsidiaries in Bangladesh — Robi Axiata Limited and Airtel Bangladesh Limited. There is no certainty that this discussion will lead to the execution of binding definitive agreements between the parties, ... Read More »