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BTRC starts issuing licences for optic fibre network today

Posted on: January 12, 2009

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) starts issuance of licences today (7 Jan ‘09) for operating and maintaining nationwide optical fibre network under Nationwide Telecommunication Transmission Network (NTTN).

The Fiber @ Home Ltd. will receive the first licence under NTTN to build, operate and maintain nationwide optical fibre telecommunication network across the country, BTRC sources said.

BTRC Chairman Maj Gen (retd) Manzurul Alam will hand over the licence to the Fiber @ Home Ltd. at a programme to be held at the BTRC office.

The licences will also help remove overhead cable network in urban areas, said a BTRC official.

The BTRC sources said the licence recipients under the NTTN guidelines would be able to provide connection up to backbone network and ‘end users’.

As per the NTTN guideline, a licensee requires to submit a bank guarantee as security deposit worth Tk.100 million in favour of the BTRC within 15 days of issuance of licence with minimum validity of five years.

Foreign equity of any interested firm will be limited to 60 per cent. The BTRC said the overseas partner shall directly invest in foreign currency equal to his percentage of ownership and no bank loan from any Bangladeshi scheduled bank or financial institution or leasing company can be raised for the overseas part of the investment.

For the non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) a maximum of 70 per cent of Foreign Direct Investment will be allowed but no loans can be raised locally from any financial institution. A partnership/consortium of Non Resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) and foreign equity without Bangladeshi partners will not be allowed, the BTRC sources said.

The duration of the licence might be initially for a term of 15 years.

Source: Financial Express

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