3G licenses to be given through open auction

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The government today decided to give 3G (third generation) technology license through open auction for the development of telecom sector.

The decision was taken at a high-profile meeting to review the fee and charges related to the telecommunication at the Prime Minister’s Office with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

“The meeting also decided to give license of Voice of Internet Protocol (VoIP),” PM’s Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad told journalists after the meeting.

At the meeting, he said, a decision was also taken to formulate a guideline for the mobile phone operators.

It also fixed the social obligation fee of the telecom companies at one percent and discussed the renewal fee of the mobile phone operators.

Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, LGRD Minister Syed ,Ashraful Islam, Post and Telecommunication Minister Raziuddin,Ahmed Razu, PM’s Advisers Moshiur Rahman and Dr Gowher Rizvi,State Minister for Science and ICT Architect Yeafesh Osman were present.

Besides, Principal Secretary MA Karim, PMO Secretary Mollah
Waheeduzzaman, Finance Secretary Dr. Mohammad Tariq, Telecom
Secretary Sunil Kanti Bose, PM’s Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad
and BTRC Chairman Maj Gen (retd) Zia Ahmed were also present at
the meeting.

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