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 Friday, March 05, 2010

Bangladesh's telecom minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju has told journalists that 3G licences will be awarded via a qualitative ‘beauty contest’ procedure rather than a straightforward monetary auction, local newspaper The Daily Star reports. The minister said the state did not want to repeat mistakes made in the country’s WiMAX auctions, where licence prices were pushed up too high. Ahmed Abou Doma,CEO of the country’s second largest cellco by subscribers, Banglalink, agreed, saying: ‘We welcome the telecom minister's comment on arranging a beauty contest to award the 3G licence, rather than monetary bidding... [which] ensures fastest and widest 3G coverage along with the highest service levels and quality for the customers.’ Market leader GrameenPhone, though, raised concerns about the potential for non-transparency when using selection methods other than a highest bidder auction.

Source: TeleGeography

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