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Bangladesh completes 5G auction

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has concluded its auction for licences in the 2.3 GHz and 2.6 GHz bands.

The regulator awarded 190 MHz of mid-band spectrum for a total of BDT 106 billion (€1,13 billion). All four of the country’s national mobile operators acquired licences.

Both Grameenphone and Robi purchased 60 MHz in the 2.6 GHz band. Bengalink bought 40 MHz in the 2.3 GHz band while Teletalk bought 30 MHz in the same band. 30 MHz of spectrum went unsold.

All licences are valid for 15 years and operators are expected to pay in instalments.

The BTRC says it hopes these new licences will play a “crucial role” in expanding existing networks as well as the implementation of new 5G networks.

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