Running telecoms transmission business is not the small and medium enterprises’ cup of tea. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) denies this universal truth, as it revised the infrastructure sharing guidelines on July 7, 2011. It mandates a middleman, dubbed as Nationwide Telecommunication Transmission Network (NTTN), between the legacy owners of fiber networks and their customers.
As a result, the cost of domestic backhaul has jumped by manifolds. The mobile operators and the ISPs have strongly protested the regulatory malpractice. I have been raising this issue before the enthusiasts of Digital Bangladesh at different forums.The government, however, remain unmoved.