Bangladesh Sets Base Price for 3G Radio Spectrum
Published on: 2nd Jan 2013
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By: Ian Mansfield
Bangladesh's mobile networks will be asked to pay a minimum of USD20 million per megahertz of 3G spectrum when the regulator eventually auctions off the licenses.
The base price was set by the Finance Ministry and communicated to the regulator.
There will also be a 15 percent tax on top of any amounts paid by the mobile networks - an issue which was subject to legal disputes last year as to whether VAT on radio spectrum can be reclaimed by the companies.
BTRC Chairman, Sunil Kanti Bose said the telecom ministry would send him a final guideline on 3G licensing within seven days and then the BTRC would start the process.
The auction is expected to take place within the next three months.
A total of four 3G licenses are being offered to the private companies in a country that has seven mobile networks. The state-owned Teletalk has been granted 10Mhz of spectrum already, but will need to match the fees paid by the private bidders when the auction takes place.