GSMA Urges for Lower Spectrum Prices in Bangladesh for Affordable Mobile Broadband Networks
The GSMA today expressed concerns about the Bangladesh Government’s plan to impose higher fees for 4G licensing ahead of the next round of spectrum auctions. The decision would pose a significant challenge to the fulfilment of the “Digital Bangladesh” objectives and impact the future of mobile broadband services in Bangladesh.
According to the GSMA, there is instead a need to lower the burden of levies in order to facilitate the deployment of affordable voice and data services for the people of Bangladesh. Mobile operators are already currently liable for multiple taxes and fees that affect growth1 .
“New research links high spectrum prices with lower quality mobile services. In short, mobile operators have less capital left for new networks and services,” said Brett Tarnutzer, Head of Spectrum, GSMA. “Reasonable spectrum fees are key to achieving the Digital Bangladesh objectives. Operators should be able to use their resources to build networks for high-quality mobile services.”
Spectrum’s greatest value is realised when used by mobile technology and devices to provide social and economic opportunity for all of Bangladesh’s citizens. In 2015 alone, the mobile industry contributed 6.2 per cent to Bangladesh’s GDP2 .
“The proposal of imposing incremental fees on top of the already-high fees risks deterring operators from acquiring much-needed spectrum. India, Ghana, Mozambique and Senegal all provide recent examples of countries where 4G spectrum has gone unsold,” added Tarnutzer. “This would be extremely damaging not only for the Bangladesh mobile industry, but also for the country’s economy overall, depriving citizens and businesses in India to the full potential of high quality mobile broadband services.”
Given the high levels of infrastructure and technology service investments already committed by operators, the GSMA urges the Government to reconsider the 4G spectrum licensing price proposal in order to reflect local market realities and Government goals. Doing so is essential to facilitate the further investment and infrastructure development necessary to achieve a digital Bangladesh.
About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series of conferences.
For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com . Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.
1 "Effective Spectrum Pricing: Supporting better quality and more affordable mobile services", GSMA report, February 2017 (URL: http://www.gsma.com/spectrum/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Effective-Spectrum-Pricing-Full-Web.pdf )
2 "Economic Impact: Bangladesh Mobile Industry", GSMA report, January 2017 (URL: http://www.gsma.com/spectrum/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Economic-Impact-Bangladesh-Mobile-Industry.pdf )
Information om Business Wire
101 California Street, 20th Floor
CA 94111 San Francisco
Følg pressemeddelelser fra Business Wire
Skrive dig op her og du vil løbende modtage pressemeddelelser på mail. Indtast din mail, klik på abonner og følg instruktionerne i den udsendte mail.
Flere pressemeddelelser fra Business Wire
CT-INTERACTIVE-BROKERS13.12.2017 18:17 | pressemeddelelse
Interactive Brokers Now Allowing Short Positions in Bitcoin Futures
IMMERVISION13.12.2017 13:49 | pressemeddelelse
Sunny Optics Officially Licenses ImmerVision Panomorph Lens Technology for Global Production
NY-SYNACOR13.12.2017 13:32 | pressemeddelelse
Synacor Launches Enhancements to Zimbra Communications and Collaboration Suite
GSMA13.12.2017 13:02 | pressemeddelelse
GSMA Urges Members of the World Trade Organization to Prioritise and Accelerate Investment in Digital Future
DC-LEOSAT-ENTERPRISES13.12.2017 11:05 | pressemeddelelse
DCS Telecom Selects LeoSat for Innovative Data Solution
CA-ANDERSEN-TAX13.12.2017 09:03 | pressemeddelelse
Andersen Global Expands Presence in Germany with Addition of Thierhoff Müller & Partner
I vores nyhedsrum kan du læse alle vores pressemeddelelser, tilgå materiale i form af billeder og dokumenter, og finde vores kontaktoplysninger.Besøg vores nyhedsrum