[Bangladesh] AIC Submits Comments to AMTOB on Benefits of Caching and Request to Expedite Caching Approvals in Bangladesh (Sept 2020)

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There is a strong need for engagement with the regulators in Bangladesh on this issue, so as to enable a system that recognizes the importance of caching, and facilitates a suitable regulatory regime for the same.

At present, we understand that the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) requires that any party interested in setting up a caching server seek its approval. We further understand that many such approvals are presently on hold. Even in the recent instances of BTRC permitting to set up caching servers, we understand that several conditions were placed, including requirements that the caching server be placed at National Internet Exchange (NIX) only.

Given the enormous benefits of caching to consumers and operators in Bangladesh, there is a need for nuanced discourse on this issue, so that there can be a suitable mechanism for expediting approvals and taking other steps as needed including relevant deregulation measures to assist in speedy and smooth deployment of caching servers.