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Is Bangladesh the first in the region to announce plans for 700MHz Band?

If other countries have announced plans, please tell us. By region we mean South Asia, but even SE is fine.

Of course, there’s the gap between cup and lip. Announcing is one thing. Actually getting the job done is another. Hope Bangladesh will be first in assigning spectrum too.

The telecom regulator is reviewing the options for allocating 700 Megahertz (MHz) spectrum — considered the most valuable at present — for mobile operators.

“We want to make the most out of the in-demand 700 MHz spectrum,” said Zia Ahmed, chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).

The 700 MHz band will enable service providers to deploy higher-performance mobile broadband services over greater distances than the services they offer today. As a result, the operators will be able to roll out their service network with less equipment or investment for more people, according to analysts.

In line with the suggestions of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a UN body, Bangladesh will allocate 700 band for fourth generation (4G) mobile technology — Long Term Evolution (LTE) — which provides far more speedy data transfer than 3G technology.

The 700 spectrum band was originally intended for analogue television broadcasting, but the switch to digital broadcasting made the band redundant.

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