Telecommunication in Bangladesh: A Dark Side of the Moon

Posted: February 26, 2009 in Bangladesh, News

In recent days I’ve heard so many news against BTRC’s Chairman and its activities. As a technical person and as a citizen of Bangladesh, I thought that I should write some about it and also I have some document which will clarify my writing. – Tanbir

Before this present Chairman, BTRC was like an office driven by the Government and funded by the operators. Every operator thought that they can do what ever they like in Bangladesh. And that happened also. They were playing with BTRC by money and force. I think when I first took my cell phone in 2000, I paid 8 taka per minute. But today I pay 0.68 paisa per minute to any cell phone. I used internet through Dial-up connection by 1 taka per minute and every month I had to pay 1000-1500 taka for a narrow band internet connection. But now I’m using 128-512kbps internet at my home and EDGE in anywhere in Bangladesh in a very cheap price. Very soon the home user of Dhaka will get fiber to their home. Entire thing was done by the present BTRC officials and in take care of the Chairman.

The operators don’t want to be underdog of BTRC. They want they will rules the telecom industry in their own way, where their profit is the key point. They are very much afraid of the accountability to the government. BTRC is installing CDR analyzer, Spectrum Management System to monitor the call volumes and spectrum, from where the main revenue will generate. After the ICX and IGW started working, all the inter operator and international calls can be monitored from BTRC, also from IIGs the international data link can be monitored. These things are very much un-wanted by the operators.

Mango IIG was introduced only for ISPs, because they always complain about BTTB’s internet service and their downtime. But now these ISPs are complaining about Mango. Why ?

The service of MANGO is very good and they have installed the state of art CISCO products to serve the country well. Last month when SME-4 was down, the country was run by MANGO only. So everybody can imagine how they have prepared to give 99.99% uptime service.

I think these ISPs will again complain about the WiMAX service provider also. Because, they will lose their profit when, WiMAX will come online.

If we want to see a Digital Bangladesh, the present BTRC should work independently with the present Chairman and Good staff. Also need to increase its power, that the industry will be equal for everybody with no monopoly.

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