Mobile phone operators in Bangladesh, on the contrary to avail limited spectrum at higher cost for 4G service, want to purchase the whole spectrum at lower costs. The mother companies of country’s three largest mobile phone operators requested the government to fix the price of per MHz spectrum below 20 million US dollars.
This demand was placed by Telenor, Axiata and VEON, the three mother companies of respectively Grammenphone, Robi and Banglalink. The three leading officials of these mobile phone operators signed in an application sent to the Post and Telecommunication Division on May 29, 2017.
They said-Before introducing 3G in 2013, only a few portions of spectrum belonging to the government were sold. Due to the higher cost, the operators were compelled to initiate 3G service purchasing very few spectrums.
The operators will be able to invest by purchasing more spectrums in case the price is reduced and so, the customer service in 4G will be more standard, as the officials mentioned in the letter. Besides, they also requested to reduce the revenue distribution among the operators for 4G services and to get technology equity without charging additional cost for spectrums.