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Secretary Iqbal Mahmood new BTRC chief

The government has appointed Secretary Iqbal Mahmood the new chief of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) for the next three years, reports He is replacing Sunil Kanti Bose whose contract will end on Oct 22. Mahmood, currently on post retirement leave, can join office on Oct 23 cancelling his leave, a government order on Tuesday said. His three-year tenure ... Read More »

Mobile Phone Importers Assoc demands reduction of tax

Importers of mobile phones in Bangladesh want tax reduced to 10 percent. Bangladesh Mobile Phone Importers Association told a Sunday press conference that the tax should be ‘tolerable’ and not exceed ten percent, reports “We request that the tax — VAT and surcharge on mobile phones — be brought down to tolerable levels … like in neighbouring countries. “It should be ... Read More »

Political unrest hits GP business

Political unrest in the first three months of the year hit Grameenphone’s business, the mobile-phone operator says, reports   Chief Executive Rajeev Sethi released the company’s financial statement for January-March period at a press conference at The Westin on Monday. “The year began with political unrest, which continued for three months. Our business has been impacted as Bangladesh’s economic ... Read More »

Cabinet clears new law allowing 1 percent surcharge on mobile phone use

A new law has got the Cabinet’s final approval for imposition of an one percent surcharge on mobile phone usage. A new law has got the Cabinet’s final approval for imposition of an one percent surcharge on mobile phone usage. The Development Surcharge and Levy Act 2015 was cleared in Monday’s regular Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh ... Read More »

Telcos seek Muhith’s intervention in SIM replacement tax issue

Telecom Desk Leading four mobile phone operators of Bangladesh have sought finance minister’s intervention in resolving the SIM replacement tax claim dispute with the revenue authorities before the forthcoming spectrum auction. “From any shareholders or investors’ perspective, removal of taxation uncertainties and certainty in fiscal incentives are fundamental to make further investment,” the operators said in a joint letter to ... Read More »

GP plans insurance and e-education

Muhammad Zahidul Islam, from Barcelona, Spain ‘We are strongly arguing that we need to use a lot of spectrum for 3G, 4G and later for 5G. We cannot get stuck…Unfortunately, the regulators in Bangladesh said they will not go for neutral spectrum technology. Grameenphone wants to bring all its customers under a single insurance scheme covering health, death, accidents and ... Read More »

BD elected IMSO Director General

Bangladesh’s Captain Moin Uddin Ahmed has been elected the next Director General of the International Mobile Satellite Organisation (IMSO) in a tightly contested election in London, reports This is the first time in the 35-year history of IMSO that a candidate from a developing country has been elected to the position of Director General, the foreign ministry has said. ... Read More »

Robi offers iPhone 6 & 6 Plus with bundle Mobile phone operator Robi Axiata Limited has offered iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus for its valued subscribers through installment. The customers can enjoy the opportunity with cash purchase or using credit card. The operator has already launched a campaign to allow customers to pre-book the latest version of iPhone for the first time in Bangladesh. Customers can pre-book ... Read More »

GP customers to experience double speed with 3G

Telecom Desk As the celebrations of 5 crore customers continue, Grameenphone users will enjoy double speed in their 3G internet packages. Under this celebratory offer, the existing speed in all 3G packages for Grameenphone 3G customers will be doubled at no extra charge until further notice, said a press release on Tuesday. With an ambition of providing ‘Internet for All’, ... Read More »

BTRC mulls over biggest spectrum auction plan

The telecom regulator is rearranging some of its valuable spectrums in 700-megahertzband earlier allocated to other companies and also planning the country’s largest auction by June next. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) recently in a commission meeting decided to replace an Internet Service Provider (ISP) – Always On Network Bangladesh Ltd (AONB) – with another band spectrum from its allocated ... Read More »