Category Archives: WiMAX

WiMAX Spectrum Assignment in Bangladesh

For Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) which mostly referred to as WiMAX, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) had the following Regulatory and Licensing Guidelines for the BWA license applicants (described in No. BTRC/LL/BWA(275)/2008-1033, section 10)

1. Spectrum bands 2.3 GHz and 2.5 GHz have been considered for BWA Service License.

2. A contiguous 35 MHz of unpaired spectrum from 2.3 GHz band (2330-2365 MHz and 2365-2400 MHz) will be assigned to two of the licensees. This allocation of 35 MHz is inclusive of guard bands where all the licensees must keep 5 MHz of spectrum as guard bands from the higher portion of the assignment.
Operator A [2330-2365 MHz]
Operator B [2365-2400 MHz]

3. A contiguous 35 MHz of unpaired spectrum from 2.5 GHz band (2585-2620 MHz) will be assigned to one of the licensee. The assignment of 2615-2620 MHz is to be kept as mandatory guard band between its TDD and future FDD assignment.
Operator C [2585-2620 MHz]

4. 35 MHz contiguous channel will be allocated to each operator to provide BWA services. Per channel bandwidth should be either 5 or 10 MHz.

5. The spectrum assignment will be inclusive of guard bands needed for the operation of the equipment to avoid interference to adjacent equipment operating in adjacent bands.

6. In case license for BWA service is cancelled / terminated for any reason, the spectrum allocation shall stand withdrawn.

7. The Successful Applicant(s) shall abide by the coordination agreements, either current or future, which shall ensure the harmonization of spectrum usage.

8. The Commission reserves the rights to make any rearrangement in the assignment within the band if required and the equipment shall have the provision to readjust according to that rearrangement.

9. Two pairs of frequency will be assigned from and above 18 GHz band, subject to
Requirement/availability to build their own point to point link for inter BTS connectivity.

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BanglaLion Wimax wireless Internet package list

BanglaLion WiMax wireless Internet Packages

Banglalion WiMAX packages January 2010

Note:
* * Fair Usage Policy Applicable
* Additional Usage Tk. 0.15/MB
* All charges are excluding VAT
* Buy Banglalion service during DITF (Trade Fair) 2010, pay for January 2010 and enjoy free usage in February 2010.

Banglalion Devices

Outdoor Unit (ODU): Taka 10,000.
Indoor Unit (IDU): Taka 4,000.
USB Dongle: Taka 3,500.

Starter WiMax Package
128 kbps | 3GB/month
For Basic Home Users
Light downloading and regular surfing
Ideal for emailing, blogging, instant messaging, Social networking etc.
Perfect for home surfing.

Value WiMax Package
256 kbps | 5GB or 8GB/month
For Average and medium internet user
Online shopping, sending photos & downloading music
Supports surfing for 2 to 3 users simultaneously

Perfect for home surfing.

Value Plus WiMax Package
512 kbps | 10GB or 15GB/month
For Average and medium internet user
Online gamming & banking
Downloading, uploading & heavy surfing
Ideal for video and music streaming
Perfect for home surfing

Home Plus WiMax Package
800 kbps | 15GB/month
For Faster internet user
Online gamming & banking
Ideal for video and music streaming
Supports surfing for 2 to 3 users simultaneously
Perfect for home surfing

Home Pro WiMax Package
1 mbps | 18GB/month
For Faster Pro internet user
Online gamming & banking
Uploading & Downloading video
Extreme surfing
Live Video and music streaming
Supports surfing for 2 to 3 users simultaneously
Perfect for home surfing

Mega WiMax Package
2 mbps | 25GB/month
For Fastest internet user
Frequent Downloading, uploading & extreme surfing
Ideal for constant video and music streaming, heavy online gaming etc.
Supports surfing for 2 to 6 users simultaneously
Perfect for home surfing

Jumbo WiMax Package
5 mbps | 30GB/month

Heavy internet user
Frequent Downloading, uploading & extreme surfing
Ideal for constant video and music streaming, heavy online gaming etc.
Supports surfing for 2 to 6 users simultaneously
Perfect for home surfing

To Get any of these packages, please contact
Banglalion Communications Ltd.
Silver Tower (18th Floor)
52 Gulshan Avenue, Circle-1
Dhaka-1212

Phone: +880-2-8817576, 8816656, 8816639
Fax: +880-2-8816313

Internet:
Website: http://www.banglalionwimax.com/
Email: info@banglalionwimax.com

WIMAX in Bangladesh: Licence for WIMAX has been distributed

Three companies, Bangla Lion Communications, Brac Bdmail Network Ltd and Augere Wireless Broadband Bangladesh Ltd, have won licenses to operate WiMAX or Broadband Wireless Access in Bangladesh. These three firms purchased the licenses in auction for Tk 215 crore, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission media consultant Abbas Faruk told bdnews24.com.

The auction started around 11:30 am at the capital’s Radisson Hotel and ended around 2:45 pm on September 25, 2008. The nine vying for licenses were Aguri Wireless Broadband Bangladesh Ltd., Bangla Lion Communications, Bangladesh Internet Exchange Ltd., Brac Bdmail Network Ltd., Clearstream Ranks (Bd) Ltd., Mango Teleservices Ltd., P-1 Consortium, Telestar Communications Ltd and Vtel Bangla.

Bangla Lion Communications began by offering 27.50 percent of the revenue to the government, before the contest heated up.

The three companies that won will run WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) technology that allows wireless data to travel over long distances by various means, from point-to-point links to full mobile cellular type access.

The chief adviser’s special assistant MA Malek, in charge of post and telecommunications, told reporters earlier at the auction venue: “I have come here to observe whether the auction is being held transparently.”

On ISPs cutting internet fees for subscribers, MA Malek said: “This is the responsibility of BTRC to regulate. The commission did not have full regulatory powers in the past, but it will get them soon.”

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, who will issue the three licenses, has estimated that once WiMAX is functional the number of internet users across the country will cross 1 crore.

Sept 11, 2008 was the deadline for submission of applications. BTRC, who invited applications in August 2008, said a total 12 bid documents were sold, with nine companies eventually submitting their documents.

Internet service providers had originally asked the government to open up WiMAX licensing to Bangladeshi organizations qualifying on merit.

Mobile operators in Bangladesh and anyone having invested in them were barred from bidding for a BWA license.

The licence acquisition fee, fixed by the BTRC auction, will be supplemented by an annual license fee of Tk 3 crore [BDT 30 million].

According to the licence conditions, the winning companies will set up at least 90 base stations in the first year, and the whole country will have to be brought under WiMAX network within three years.

Foreign investment in the licenced companies should not be more than 60 percent and non resident Bangladeshis are allowed to invest at 70 percent ownership.

The licencees will have to file for initial public offering (IPO) within three years of the issuance of a license, and shall not be allowed to transfer any shares before issuance of the IPO without prior written permission from the commission.

Company Address:

BanglaLion Communications

House # 67, Road # 1, Block # I, Banani, Dhaka-1213, Bangladesh

Phone: (880 2) 8814059-60, Fax: (880 2) 9885647

BRAC BDMail Network Ltd.

HQ & Operations; Kaderia Tower, Floor-12, 13 & 14, ZA-28/8/B, Mohakhali C/A, Dhaka-1212

Phone: (880 2) 9884635, 9884637 Fax: (880 2) 9884587

Augere Wireless Broadband Bangladesh Limited

AQC Towers, 57 Dilkusha C/A, Dhaka-1000

Mobile: +44(0)7801712148 (Damian Reid)

Email: damian.reid@augere.eu

more for Augere at augere.eu

Fred Roeskestraat 123-1

1076 EE Amsterdam

The Netherlands

Second Floor, Berkeley Square House

Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BD

T: +44 (0) 207 887 4580 F: +44 (0) 207 887 4579

Spectrum Distribution (opted by companies):

BanglaLion Communications: 2585 – 2620 MHz

BRAC BDMail Network Limited: 2320 – 2365 MHz

Augere Wireless Broadband Bangladesh: 2365 – 2400 MHz