Formation of BTRC and BTCL
BTRC and BTCL
The BTRC (Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission) established in January 2002, is the driving force in opening up competition for this sector, rationalize the spectrum policy and establish formal control over the telecommunication networks and interconnection to stimulate entrepreneurs and to improve quality of service. With a population of 147 million in the country, but only 50 million working phones; indicates the enormous prospect for telecommunications market yet to be explored. Today there are as good as thirteen (13) PSTN Operators and six (6) Mobile Phone operators.
With the new operators (Fixed and Mobile telephones) set up and ever expanding customer base line, the BTRC (Govt. of Bangladesh) took a revolutionary decision of allocating license in the private sector for three IGW (International Gateway) operators, two ICX (Interconnection Exchange) operators and one IIG (International Internet Gateway) operator through a competitive tender bidding process in 2007. By early 2008 following licenses were granted for commencing their operation: