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Flat rates for broadband internet set by government

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The government has set flat rates for broadband internet services across the country.

From now on, consumers will have to spend a maximum of Tk 500 for 5 Mbps, Tk 800 for 10 Mbps and Tk 1,200 for 20 Mbps at the union level.

Post and Telecommunication Minister Mustafa Jabbar made the announcement at a press conference held at Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) auditorium on Sunday.

Only broadband internet will be sold at these rates. Broadband internet subscribers are currently around one crore in the country. This number of subscribers is 16 percent of the total internet users in the country. But these customers use 56 percent of the country’s total bandwidth.

Jabbar announced the ‘One Country, One Rate’ programme at the press conference.

Mustafa Jabbar said, “Our dream is to bring broadband internet from house to house. Homes in remote areas will not be left out.”

He mentioned that there are many demands here. “We will come to you with more positive initiatives in the coming days after analyzing every demand.”

Aminul Hakim, president of Internet Service Provider Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB), said, “Some of the biggest internet service providers of the country have been providing internet service at one rate across the country for the last couple of years. Now everyone will give this service.”

He said the new rules will take effect from July.

The ISPAB president called on BTRC to fix the price of national telecommunication transmission networks (NTTN) services like internet. “Then bandwidth transport costs will decrease. Internet services can be sold at a lower price.”

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