• Thursday, March 05, 2015

New company to get telecom transmission licence

Abdullah Mamun

The telecom ministry plans to award the third transmission licence to Bahon Ltd among four companies that sought permissions.
Bahon will join two other national telecommunication transmission network (NTTN) companies Fiber@Home and Summit Communications.
Abubakar Siddique, telecom secretary, said Bahon is the only eligible company to get the transmission licence among the four applicants.
NTTN companies rent out their optical fibre cable capacity to the voice, internet or data service providers. The ministry is preparing the paperwork for the new licensee.
In February, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) sent the applications of four applicants -- Bangla Phone, Mango Teleservices, B-Connect and Bahon -- to the ministry to consider for NTTN licences.
The telecom ministry has been the licence approving authority for any telecom licence since 2010, when the Telecom Regulatory Act was amended.

Before that, the regulator used to issue licences.
 “Our target is to lay the optical fibre cable network in 64 districts within the next three to five years so that the mobile, WiMax or internet service providers can get connectivity,” said Syed Samiul Huq, managing director of Bahon.  
The other shareholders of Bahon are Syed Ruhul Huq, chairman, Salma Islam, a director, and Farzana Lucky Ali, a director, according to its application.

Published: 12:00 am Friday, June 27, 2014

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