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Bangladesh Sets New Radio Spectrum Fee

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Bangladesh's government has finalised the license fee structure that will be set based on the subscriber base held by the mobile networks. Operators with a larger market share pay a premium per Mhz compared to the smaller networks.

The spectrum charges are: Grameenphone (14.6Mhz): Tk 3,241 crore; Banglalink (12.4 Mhz) Tk 1,971 crore; Robi (12.8 Mhz) Tk 1,900 crore and Citycell (10 Mhz) will pay Tk 450 crore.

The government has also set a revenue share level at 5.5% of revenues along with a further 1 percent to be paid into the rural Social Obligation Fund.

The four private networks will also pay Tk 10 crore each to renewal their licenses which expire in November. The renewed licenses will last for another 15 years.

The mobile networks will have to pay 49% of their spectrum fees when their license is renewed, with the remainder in three installments in May 2012, November 2012 and finally in May 2013.

On the web: The Daily Star

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