At a 3G auction held in Bangladesh, Bharti Airtel’s subsidiary, Airtel Bangladesh has managed to bag 5MHz of third generation (3G) spectrum for $105 million. The other successful bidders were Grameenphone, which bought 10MHz, while Robi and Banglalink managed to secure 5MHz.
A total of 25MHz of 3G spectrum was sold to four telecom operators earning Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) a total of $525 million. Bangladesh is seemingly a late entrant in the 3G arena; however, with four telecom operators now owning the 3G spectrum, the actual rollout won’t take long and Bangladeshis will have access to high-speed internet and video telephony through supported handsets.
The bidding didn’t even last for five minutes and the competition wasn’t intense as there were only four operators and only four licenses were to be awarded. Sunil Kanti Bose, BTRC Chairman said, “There was no scope of an intense competition here as only four licences were given and there were four applicants.”
Airtel is pleased with the development and has revealed that it will be putting its south Asia experience to use in Bangladesh and will provide the best of voice and data experience to its users. “Airtel is pleased to have been awarded 3G license in Bangladesh along with 5Mhz of spectrum. Being an experienced 3G operator in the South Asia region, we are committed to enrich our customers’ voice and data experience in Bangladesh through unique life style products and 3G services.”