Bangladesh to hold beauty contest to award 3G license
www.WirelessFederation.com/news: The 3G licenses in Bangladesh will be awarded via a qualitative â€˜beauty contest’ procedure rather than a straightforward monetary auction.
The announcement has been made by Bangladesh’s telecom minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju who made it clear that the state did not want to repeat mistakes made in the country’s WiMAX auctions, where license prices were pushed up too high.
According to Ahmed Abou Doma,CEO of the country’s second largest cellco by subscribers, Banglalink, the company welcome the telecom minister’s comment on arranging a beauty contest to award the 3G license, rather than monetary bidding ensuring fastest and widest 3G coverage along with the highest service levels and quality for the customers.
However, concerns have been raised by market leader GrameenPhone regarding the potential for non-transparency when using selection methods other than a highest bidder auction.