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BMPCA: 5G launch will deceive mobile phone subscribers

  • Published at 09:02 pm September 3rd, 2019
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Mohiuddin Ahmed, president of President of Mobile Phone Consumer Association, briefs the media during a conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity premises on Monday, June 17, 2019 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

'We came to know from media reports that BTRC will soon launch 5G, and although this should be good news for us, we are terrified,' Said the BMPCA President

Bangladesh Mobile Phone Consumers’ Association (BMPCA) President Mohiuddin Ahmed,  in a press release issued on Tuesday has said the decision taken by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to launch 5G at the time is nothing but cheating the consumers.

He said: “The current scenario is that subscribers hardly get the 3G connection while all telecom operators have been providing 4G for the last 17 months. This is already deceiving us.”

"We came to know from media reports that BTRC will soon launch 5G, and although this should be good news for us, we are terrified,” he added.

Customers were already being deprived of proper services as BTRC cut down the bandwidth capacity and stopped the no objection certificate (NOC) of Grameenphone (GP) and Robi, the release added.

“The quality of the entire telecom network service is way below the expected levels,” Mohiuddin added.

He further said: “The state run mobile operator Teletalk has not yet started its own 4G service, and on the other hand BTRC is having disputes with GP and Robi over unpaid dues and is contemplating on cancelling their licenses.”

“The operators have only 35 megahertz (MHZ) of spectrum now, whereas 5G requires 100MHZ.

As the situation lies, if 5G is launched, it will be just be on pen and papers and nothing but a farce,” the BMPCA president said.