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BMPSA pushes 12-point proposal on affordable 4G devices to enhance digital access

They pointed out that, the lack of accessibility of devices in network use is an obstacle to digital access at the marginal level, however, quality networking services are also a big obstacle in this way. At the same time, there is the inadequacy of local services.

Dhaka — Bangladesh Mobile Phone Subscribers Association (BMPSA) experts have drawn the attention of policymakers and regulatory authorities to the decision-making of digital connectivity and devices as the two basic needs.

They pointed out that, the lack of accessibility of devices in network use is an obstacle to digital access at the marginal level, however, quality networking services are also a big obstacle in this way. At the same time, there is the inadequacy of local services.

The concerned people took part in a virtual discussion meeting organized by the ‘Bangladesh Mobile Phone Subscribers Association’. Engineer Abu Saleh presented the keynote address at the meeting, chaired by Mohiuddin Ahmed, President of the organization, entitled ‘Lack of Devices as the Main Obstacle to Accessing Services at the Marginal Level’.

The BTRC Vice-Chairman Subrata Roy Maitra was the chief guest at the meeting, BTRC Commissioner AKM Shahiduzzaman was the special guest.

Professor Khaled Mahmud, said “a member of the 5G committee,  that there is no way out without virtualization. This is not to say that 5G cannot be accepted without the fullness of 4G.”

We have to use 3G, 4G, and 5G in combination. There is no chance of delay in adopting technology, he added.

Although the quality of the handset is right, Xiaomi Bangladesh’s managing director Mojibur Rahman took part in the discussion and raised questions about the quality of the mobile network.

Consumers Association Bangladesh (CAB), Vice President (VP) SM Nazir Hossain also emphasized making handsets easily available for students as well as ensuring quality service.

Sardar Shawkat Hossain, Deputy Director, Grameenphone, said that they are trying to provide better service to the customers by highlighting their packages.

Barrister Shahed Alam, Chief Regulatory Affairs Officer of Robi Axiata, demanded that mobile operators be given the opportunity to make handsets during the talks.

On the other hand, Mesbah Uddin, Chief Marketing Officer of Fair Group, said that the situation would improve if the Volti facility was expanded and the installment facility was provided.

Commenting that Digital Bangladesh is gaining momentum in wire connectivity in the country, Brigadier General Shahidul Alam, Director General, SM Division, BTRC, said that the epidemic has seen a decline in mobile sales. But internet usage has increased during this time. This means that laptop-desktop devices are more logical than mobile devices when using the Internet.

Brigadier General Nasim Parvez, director-general of BTRC’s spectrum division, said it was not right that the profits of the country’s mobile operators were low.

He said the country’s mobile operators have not been able to maintain the quality of the 4G network. The matter has been clarified through the mobile drive test. At the same time, he also mentioned that the meaning of the network is different even among the mobile handsets.

Speaking as the special guest, BTRC Commissioner AKM Shahiduzzaman said that the investment pressure of mobile operators has been reduced with the tower operator license. Similarly, BTS has the opportunity to develop technology for the spectrum. As a result, even remote villages will get the full benefits of 4G.

 At the same time, the BTRC commissioner advised the mobile manufacturers to improve their ethics, saying that the price of handsets has not been reduced even though the tax has been reduced.

BTRC Vice-Chairman Subrata Roy Maitra said that BTRC was emphasizing the expansion and development of digital connectivity with the advice of all.

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