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POST TIME: 9 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Uncertainty looms over launching of MNP Mar
Staff reporter

Uncertainty looms over 
launching of MNP Mar

Uncertainty loomed over the launching of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) service by March on trial basis as the mobile phone operators are yet to ready for providing necessary support to this, BTRC officials said. Bangladesh Telecommu-nication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) last week rejected an apple of the Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh (AMTOB) to give two months for adopting technology of the service.  

AMTOB applied to the commission seeking two months to adopt technology which is necessary to provide support for launching the service.  

A senior official of the telecom regulator told The Independent that it is not possible to launch the service without the help of the mobile phone operators.   

Infozillion BD-Teletech Consortium chief executive officer Mohammad Zulfikar said, ‘We are making preparations to launch the service within the deadline set by the BTRC.’

`Besides Infozillion, mobile operators have a big role to play in lunching the service,’’ he added.

According to the BTRC guideline, Infozillion will have to port at least one per cent of the mobile phone subscribers through the service by May this year (2018).

Mobile number portability (MNP) service will be launched on trial basis in the middle of March, said BTRC Chairman Shahjahan Mahmood told The Independent on February 1.

Infozillion BD Teletech Consortium Ltd, the company which received licence to launch the MNP service, has already started processes for rolling out the operations, Shahjahan Mahmood told The Independent at that time. “It will take some time to launch the service fully but will not exceed June in any away,” he added. Infozillion BD Teletech has already finalised talks with mobile phone operators on technical issues. The company has received loan from bank for importing machinery, an official of BTRC told The Independent.

More than 72 countries have MNP, which increases competition among operators in terms of service quality, said BTRC officials. Mobile phone subscribers will have the privilege to switch to other operators keeping their existing phone numbers after launching the service.

Earlier, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commis-sion has cancelled entire auction procedure of mobile number portability service licence in the backdrop of security clearance related complicacy.

The telecom regulator at the same time also decided to award MNP license through ‘beauty contest’ procedure instead of auction.

During the selection process, Infozillion BD Teletech Consortium Ltd secured the highest mark among the five entities which were seeking the MNP licence.

Out of six companies applied for the licence for MNP, the committee selected five firms including Infozillion BD Teletech Consortium Limited. The four others qualified firms are—Roots Infotech Limited, Agile Technology Limited, REVE Number Limited, Greentech International Limited.