Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has announced that they have reached at point where they are ready to issue Broadband Wireless Access licenses in the country. Initial draft that has guidelines for the upcoming bidding and for WiMAX license details says that two nation wide licenses will be given away in 2.3Ghz band and one in the 2.5Ghz band.
Operators already operating in the country are banned from bidding – and the bidders are limited to having 60% foreign shareholding. Furthermore, the draft says that licensees will be allowed to rollout and operate network to provide nationwide Broadband Wiress services based on IEEE 802.16e (WiMAX) standards. The system can be point-to-multipoint or mesh radio systems consisting of BWA distribution hub stations and their associated subscriber stations (or BWA access devices). The last mile solution may be done in conjunction with WiFi, but that wholly depend on operators.
The good thing, which may be reconsidered after input from operators, is that it is said mandatory for all operators to share the same tower and existing infrastructure if available.
Dhabi Group and Orascom may seek its opportunities in Bangladesh’s emerging broadband market. Along with, we may see rise in equipment orders for Motorola and Huawei.