BTRC sets nine criteria for mobile no. Portability

BTRC sets nine criteria for mobile no. Portability


Telecoms regulators have finalised the reviewed draft of the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) policy.Some criteria have been set in the draft guidelines for the contractor that will get the job to give the subscribers the facility to change mobile-phone operators without changing existing numbers.The pre-requisites aim to make the appointment process transparent, officials said.Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Secretary M Sarwar Alam told the commission recently sent the draft to the Posts and Telecommunications Division for final clearance.After questions had been raised over the auction of the licence for the MNP, State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim had said new conditions for the bidders will be added to the draft.An official of the BTRC’s Legal and Licensing Division told no criterion had been specified in the initial draft to evaluate the eligibility of the bidders.After the review, the BTRC has included nine criteria to evaluate the bidders, he said.he bidders will be evaluated on 100 marks, according to the draft.The criteria include experience in conducting MNP work, and making technical and system designs; global footprint, technical capacity, financial analysis, rollout management, and risk management.

The evaluation committee will grade the bidders on the information provided in their applications.The BTRC will then publish a list of the eligible bidders.The use of a mobile-phone number over a period of time makes it a part of an individual or organisation’s identity.The finance ministry cleared the MNP policy on Dec 2 last year.The BTRC then started working on the process to appoint an MNP operator through auction.The MNP service is expected to begin in March, Tarana said on Jan 6.At the same time, questions were raised over the possible process of the auction.Telecoms sector analysts are worried that the most eligible firm’s offer may be ignored since the lowest bidder gets the job in auction.Tarana told on Dec 15: “We will have to see whether bidding can be held for licencing. Technical qualifications are important for grading. We need to make some revisions to ensure transparency.”The earnest money has been revised from Tk 500,000 to Tk 1 million in the final draft MNP policy, a BTRC official said.


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