Portable Tower deficiency: Users denied quality help

Throughout the most recent one year, 62 lakh new portable associations got dynamic, 57 lakh new clients began utilizing versatile information, and around 2 crore individuals changed to the a lot quicker 4G association. Be that as it may, just two new cell towers have been set up in the whole nation.

This is exposing endorsers of call drops, poor web speeds, occupied systems, and sign bars vanishing.

To guarantee legitimate support of their endorsers, they need at any rate 3,000 cell towers either recently assembled, overhauled, or supplanted out and out, transporters said.

They said they couldn’t do that without anyone’s help since Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) presented another pinnacle authorizing framework under which outsiders are accountable for cell towers and transporters lease towers from them.

The BTRC gave four cell tower organizations licenses a year back and they should begin building towers inside a half year of getting the licenses. None of them are doing so now since none of the organizations that are new are prepared to do as such, sources said.

Portable administrators and cell tower organizations should make arrangements in regards to tower use and leases and the BTRC should favor those arrangements. Be that as it may, the BTRC is meddling by settling on the understanding and forcing it on bearers and cell tower organizations, said transporters.

Endorsers are the ones enduring because of the entire undertaking, they said.

Numerous transporters’ ability, particularly in urban areas, has been depleted and they can’t serve their clients quality assistance, they said.

The transporters are serving 16.26 crore dynamic associations with 28,000 towers the nation over. Of the dynamic endorsers, 9.24 crore utilize portable information.

Grameenphone, the biggest bearer, and cell tower organization edotco had arrived at an understanding after the Tower Sharing Licensing Guidelines defined by the BTRC.

As indicated by Grameenphone authorities, it presented the arrangement to the BTRC for endorsement on July 14.

“Rather than affirming the arranged and concurred SLA [service level agreement] which understands the issue, the BTRC has been attempting to force a non-arranged basic business concurrence on the administrators. This activity by the BTRC is in opposition to the Tower Sharing Licensing Guidelines and standards of reasonable challenge and it influences all gatherings concerned,” said a Grameenphone official.

Through the normal business understanding, the BTRC is executing rivalry, versatile administrators griped.

At the point when the BTRC began the arrangements, Grameenphone left the gathering expressing that it was unlawful.

The BTRC has just drafted the regular understanding in the wake of meeting different players in the business. It fixed high month to month charges for sharing the towers.

Transporters are presently sharing towers for charges beginning from Tk 41,000 every month for housetop ones and Tk 55,000 for ground-based ones. In the draft basic understanding, the BTRC fixed Tk 65,000 and Tk 85,000 separately.

The versatile administrators had asked the BTRC not to fix the charges and leave it to respective arrangements. In a gathering a week ago, Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy additionally requested that the BTRC do likewise to guarantee rivalry.

Robi said it was shocking that the controller mediated by confining the concession to benefit of bearers and the pinnacle organizations going past the extent of the pinnacle rules.

“This is obviously conflicting with the rules and accordingly, much following a time of giving pinnacle organization licenses, the nation has figured out how to have just a few towers being set-up by the pinnacle organizations,” said Shahed Alam, boss corporate and administrative official at Robi.

The estimating structure proposed by the controller is industrially unviable for Robi, Shahed said.

“At the point when the pinnacle organizations were given permit, the goal was to carry proficiency to this part of the telecom business by bringing down the expense of profiting tower administrations. As opposed to diminishing cost, the controller’s proposition will expand our current cost,” he said.

Asked, BTRC Chairman Md Jahurul Haque stated, “I have no clue about the Grameenphone and edotco’s draft SLA.

“I don’t know, yet might be our group is thinking about the entire picture and that is the reason they needed to take care of the issue through a typical SLA. We have seen issues between portable administrators and the pinnacle organizations. The portable administrators are requesting. That is the reason we went for this procedure.

“Tower organizations had a cutoff time of May to fire setting up towers yet they couldn’t do that hence. We went there to intervene between the pinnacle organizations and the portable transporters.”

Bearers were affirmed to build up just the two towers since November a year ago.

One of them was in the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban zone and the other at Khaliajuri of Netrakona, old neighborhood of Telecom Minister Mustafa Jabbar.

A Grameenphone authority said they have 279 “basic towers” and that they required new towers there yet didn’t get BTRC’s consent.

Banglalink had looked for the controller’s endorsement to supplant 54 of its towers however was denied.

To offer quality assistance, transporters need adequate range and great number of towers. Be that as it may, since range cost is high, administrators attempt to deal with the circumstance by setting up a lot of towers, said insiders.

Grameenphone in an announcement stated, “Our rollout of new destinations is halted, and our clients are enduring.”

Tower organizations likewise recognized the issue. They said it was hard to arrive at an arrangement with the bearers.

“We can comprehend the circumstance and tragically there is no other way. This circumstance will proceed for the following barely any months,” said Imran Karim, executive of Kirtonkhola Tower Bangladesh.

He said the controller has stepped in and that there was an answer on the table. He trusted they would have the option to begin building towers inside a couple of months.

Inquired as to why the procedure was taking such a long time, he said an absence of certainty could be the issue. “Portable administrators could be a little awkward with the new telecom business framework.”

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