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  • Viber

    Viber launches in Bangla

    To cater to the growing number of users in Bangladesh, popular messaging application Viber has rolled out its new user interface (UI) in Bangla for the local market.

  • BTCL offers unlimited landline calls for Tk 150

    Landline provider Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) has offered unlimited calls within its network for only Tk 150 per month as the struggling state-run company fights for a turnaround.

  • BTCL

    BTCL offers monthly package of Tk 150 for land phone calls

    The Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) has offered a package of Tk 150 per month for calls within its network.

  • BTRC

    BTRC to go tough against GP, Robi

    The telecom regulator is set to issue two separate show cause notices to Grameenphone and Robi asking them to reply within 30 days why their licences will not be cancelled despite violating the licensing conditions by not paying the telecom regulator’s ‘dues’.

  • Banglalink’s revenue up 5.4pc in Q2

    Banglalink’s revenue grew 5.4 percent year-on-year to Tk 1,153.68 crore in the second quarter of the year as the operator bought a huge amount of spectrum to improve service quality.

  • Illegally imported handsets to get no network

    Mobile handsets with fake International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers will not be able to use Bangladesh’s mobile network after a certain period as the telecom regulator looks to crack down on illegal imports and duty evasion.

  • Teletalk to take LG’s billion-dollar loan

    The government has decided to take a billion-dollar loan from Korean company LG U+ for expanding Teletalk’s network coverage and making the state-run operator’s infrastructure 5G compatible.

  • Foreign satellites face tough times

    The telecom regulator has drafted a guideline on landing rights for broadcasting satellite services as the government looks to monetise the country’s lone satellite Bangabandhu-1.

  • GP will go to court for arbitration

    Grameenphone yesterday said it would go to courts to bring the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission to table for an arbitration in order to settle the regulator’s claim of Tk 12,580 crore dues.

  • Licences of 48 ISPs scrapped for dues

    The telecom regulator yesterday scrapped licences of 48 internet service providers after they failed to pay renewal fees in time.

  • No approval for GP, Robi to roll out packages

    The telecom regulator will not give any kind of approval to Grameenphone and Robi to roll out new package or service or import network equipment as it looks to pile pressure on the operators to clear their dues, according to a letter issued yesterday.

  • Internet Service Providers

    BTRC scraps 48 ISP licences for not clearing dues

    The telecom regulator scraps licences of 48 internet service providers after they failed to pay their renewal fees in time.

  • BTRC may withdraw block on bandwidth of GP, Robi tomorrow

    Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission may withdraw the bandwidth capped on Grameenphone and Robi for the relief of crores of internet users of the two leading mobile phone operators.

  • GP’s profit falls despite record revenue

    Grameenphone raked in Tk 3,603.82 crore in revenue in the April-June period this year, the highest in a single quarter, driven by growth in voice and data usage due to improved network.

  • BTRC refuses to accept operators’ quarterly payment sans VAT

    The telecom regulator has refrained from receiving mobile phone operators’ various payments for the April-June quarter after the latter declined to include the associated value-added tax in the sum.

  • BTRC

    GP, Robi dues: No scope for arbitration, says BTRC

    Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) says there is no scope for arbitration under the existing law over its action taken against the two major telecom operators.

  • Bandwidth of GP, Robi blocked partially for dues

    The telecom regulator has partially blocked the bandwidth capacity of Grameenphone and Robi from last evening for non-payment of dues detected in audits -- a drastic step that ultimately hurts the 12.25 crore subscribers of the two operators.

  • German logistics firm opens Bangladesh subsidiary

    Schenker (Asia Pacific) Pte, a subsidiary of DB Schenker, the transport and logistics division of Deutsche Bahn Group, has expanded its presence in the Indian subcontinent with the launch of a new subsidiary in Bangladesh.

  • Mobile users feeling the budget pinch

    Mobile users have already started to feel the heat of the proposed budget for fiscal 2019-20, which proposed doubling the supplementary duty and higher turnover tax on operators, said experts and related bodies yesterday.

  • 'Hackers hit global telcos in espionage campaign'

    Hackers have broken into the systems of more than a dozen global telecoms companies and taken large amounts of personal and corporate data, researchers from a cyber security company says, identifying links to previous Chinese cyber-espionage campaigns.

  • Import duty on Smartphones

    ‘Added duty will boost illegal mobile imports’

    The duty proposed on smartphones will push up illegal imports and cause big revenue losses for the government, industry stakeholders say.

  • Bangla SMS charge

    SMS in Bangla now @ Tk 0.25

    The telecom regulator directs all the mobile phone operators in the country to reduce the charges of each local SMS to Tk 0.25 that are written in Bengali alphabet, aiming to promote the mother language.

  • Import duty on Smartphones

    Smartphone import to be costlier

    Import of smartphones will be costlier as supplementary duty is proposed to be raised by two and half times to 25 per cent from its existing 10 per cent in the proposed budget.

  • BTRC receive complaints through social media

    BTRC to receive complaints through social media

    Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is going to use social media platforms such as Facebook and Viber, among others, to receive complaints from the customers, says its chairman at a public hearing.

  • Robi to raise Tk 400cr thru’ local bonds

    Robi is planning to raise Tk 400 crore from the local market by issuing a Shariah-based security bond with the face value of each certificate being Tk 1 lakh.

  • Telecom service quality to drop over tower row

    Crores of mobile phone users can brace themselves for poorer network quality as the carriers and tower licence holders have failed to get on the same page seven months into the new arrangement.

  • WiMax on its last legs

    Once a much-hyped breakthrough for internet communication, WiMax is now on its last legs in Bangladesh after two out of the three operators that deployed the wireless broadband technology turned off their switches.

  • Europe’s 5G to cost $62b more if Chinese vendors banned: telcos

    A ban on buying telecoms equipment from Chinese firms would add about 55 billion euros ($62 billion) to the cost of 5G networks in Europe and delay the technology by about 18 months, according to an industry analysis seen by Reuters.

  • BTRC to hear users’ complaints

    Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is going to organise a second public hearing on June 13 to directly hear from citizens their experiences on service quality of the telecom industry. The telecom regulator decided on it in a recent meeting

  • BTRC holds up audits into Banglalink, Airtel

    The telecom regulator is yet to appoint auditors to conduct financial and technical inspection of Banglalink and Airtel’s system even though the formal process has started more than a year and a half ago due to irregularities within the institution itself. The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC)