Regulator has unique opportunity to attract tower industry investment into Bangladesh
After successful promotion of infrastructure sharing, will the BTRC create an environment that attracts international towercos to invest?
Towercos stand poised to acquire and invest in as many as half of Bangladesh’s telecom towers within the next two years, creating operational and environmental efficiencies and accelerating network extensions and QoS improvements. However, the lack of defined regulatory guidelines for towercos is currently the number one inhibitor to tower company activity in the country, and the investibility of the market is compromised by restrictions on foreign direct investors acquiring majority ownership of assets, and a tax regime which currently disincentivises operators from leasing independent towers in favour of bi-lateral swaps.
TowerXchange has identified five characteristics of the regulatory environment that tower industry leaders believe encourage investment and the healthy functioning of a competitive, independent tower market.