«Look» Vimpelcom won the auction for the allocation of 3G-licenses in Bangladesh, buying the appropriate frequency for the distribution of $ 110 million 3G-license in this country for a long time was delayed because authorities wanted to sell the frequency to one and a half times more expensive.
Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Bangladesh (CMT) has announced the results of the auction for the allocation of 3G-frequencies. The winners were four existing GSM-operators, including the company Banglalink Digital Communications. Its owner is the Egyptian holding Orascom Telecom, which is controlled with the 2011 group Vimpelcom (works in Russia under the brand "Beeline").
The price of one megahertz frequencies in the range 1.9 — 2.1 GHz for all participants was the same — $ 21 million for auction band width of 5 MHz. Banglalink won just such a band, so he will have to pay $ 105 million (8.16 billion is as follows.) With 5% of the total amount of tax payments, which must be implemented "daughter» Vimpelcom, is $ 110 million
60% of this amount has to be paid within a month, the rest — in six months. Won the auction license will be valid for 15 years. Also winning operators will be able to use their 3G-frequency technology for fourth-generation standard LTE.
Bangladesh for a long time did not put 3G-frequency auction because of disagreements over pricing issues. CMT wanted to sell 1 MHz is priced at $ 30 million, that is, plot 5 MHz would cost $ 150 million Vimpelcom CEO Jo Lunder (Jo Lumder) last year called on the authorities to reconsider the matter in the direction of reducing the price. After this, the Ministry of Post and Telegraph recommended to lower the cost of 1 MHz frequencies up to $ 20 million, CMT eventually agreed to this proposal.
In addition to Banglalink, plots the width of 5 MHz acquired two existing GSM-operator: Robi Axiata (a joint venture of Malaysian Axiata and Japanese NTT DoCoMo) and Airtel Bangladesh (owned by the Indian Bharti Airtel). The leader of the Bangladeshi mobile market — Grameenphone (owned by the Norwegian Telenor) — won two band width of 10 MHz, for this operator will pay $ 210 million
The same number of 3G-license and pay the state GSM-operator Teletalk, who last year began testing this technology. But CDMA-operator Citycell could not participate in the auction, as no bail in the amount of $ 20 million
Buying a 3G-frequency — not the first major investment Vimpelcom in Bangladesh. In 2011, for the extension of Banglalink GSM-license for a period of 15 years was
Total in the country of 142 million inhabitants, cellular services uses 105 million people. Recently Banglalink, like other mobile operators, has experienced problems with the authorities declared the war illegal scheme of IP-telephony. The operator is obliged to disconnect users whose SIM-cards are used to route calls from abroad to bypass the official international channels. As a result, only one Banglalink year lost more than 1 million users.