‘One Country, One Rate’: Internet at flat rate across the country
The telecom regulator, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), fixed the maximum tariff for broadband internet connection today. A customer now has to pay Tk 500 a month for using a broadband connection with a minimum internet speed of 5 Mbps.
For 10 Mbps, the rate will be Tk 800 to Tk 1,000, and for 20 Mbps, Tk 1,100 to Tk 1,200.
BTRC fixed the tariff after a series of meetings with operators of the International Internet Gateway, Nationwide Telecommunication Transmission Network, International Terrestrial Cable, and internet service providers.
BTRC Director General Md Nasim Parvez shared the information through a presentation at the opening of the "One Country One Rate" tariff event today.
He said the BTRC introduced the "One Country One Rate" tariff to attract foreign investment by boosting coordination among ISPs at the local level and protecting the interests of marginal broadband internet subscribers.
Although the number of mobile internet users, in general, is high, broadband internet users use 58 percent of the country's total bandwidth.
BTRC Chairman Shyam Sunder Sikder presided over the function while Posts and Telecom Minister Mustafa Jabbar was present as the chief guest.