Most Bangladeshi operators not keen to join Internet.org

Bangladesh’s mobile operators reportedly aren’t interested in joining Internet.org, noting that the ‘limited version’ of the internet is not a service that would serve their customers’ needs. The country’s two largest mobile operators, Grameenphone and Banglalink, however, have introduced free …

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Internet.org arrives in Bangladesh

Robi, the third-largest mobile operator in Bangladesh, launched Internet.org, a Facebook-led initiative that allows free access to more than two dozen websites with information on health, news, jobs and e-government services. Internet.org was first launched in Zambia, in mid-2014, and …

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Standoff in Dhaka: Will auctions move ahead in May?

NEW BLOG: Bangladesh’s spectrum auctions, scheduled for 20 May, look like they will be delayed after the operators made it clear they won’t participate in the sale until a settlement is reached on a controversial fine imposed on them for not …

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Bangladesh likely to delay spectrum auctions again

Bangladesh’s spectrum auctions, after being pushed back a month to 20 May, will likely be delayed again, after mobile operators failed to resolve the long-simmering SIM replacement tax issue in a meeting with regulators and the finance minster last week. …

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Bangladeshi PM approves spectrum auction guidelines

Bangladesh’s prime minister has approved the telecoms regulator’s draft guidelines for the 1.8 and 2.1GHz spectrum auction scheduled for 30 April. The deadline for submitting applications is 26 February. The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) submitted the guidelines in December, …

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Grameenphone CEO sees major concern over future auctions

The head of Grameenphone identified several areas of regulatory concern, the most significant being what he sees as “unfair discrimination” in the recently announced spectrum actions. Bangladesh’s regulator has indicated it will hold new auctions in the 1.8 and 2.1GHz bands …

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Robi partners with Opera to offer users 5MB of free internet

Robi Axiata in Bangladesh is partnering with Opera Sofware and a local online marketplace to offer users 5MB of free internet when they use the Opera Mini browser. To take up the offer, Robi customers need to click on the …

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Asia Briefs: TRAI seeks higher CDMA reserve price, Airtel loses 1M subs in Bangladesh & more

In a regular series, Mobile World Live‘s Asia Editor Joseph Waring provides a regional roundup of news snippets: TRAI seeks higher CDMA reserve price The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has called for increasing the reserve price of the CDMA …

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