In April 2009, we reported that even though leased line prices in Bangladesh had declined by 74% in 6 months, the retail price paid by consumers had not changed. This was based on the broadband benchmarking data LIRNEasia publishes every 6 months.
We are thankful that the Bangladesh regulator (BTRC) has taken note of our post and the complaints of many broadband consumers in Bangladesh. A recent article in the Daily Star reports that the BTRC has decided to check if the retail prices are dropping in line with whole-sale (leased line) costs.
But what about broadband quality? Our research on broadband quality showed that in the same 6 month period, the throughput (speed) experienced by Bangladesh’s broadband consumers had worsened. Keeping in mind that the there is trade-off between price and quality, we hope the BTRC continues its good work and focus on both dimensions (price and quality) instead of just price.