Vol. 5 Num 418 Sat. July 30, 2005  

Teletalk lottery deferred

The Teletalk lottery for the countrywide applicants scheduled for Friday has been postponed, sources said.

They said a date for the draw of the lottery among 808,000 applicants is yet to be fixed, but it would be held by the first week of next month.

Aminul Hassan, general manager of the Teletalk, said that this time the Teletalk SIMs would be distributed among 140,000 applicants.

Regarding the delay of the draw, he said, the scrutiny of the application is going on and the Teletalk is also checking the vulnerable parts of the country from where a small number of applications were received.

"We are thinking of introducing quota system for the remote areas," he said, adding that the total system would take a few more days to be readied.

Earlier, the Teletalk authorities continued the countrywide online distribution of forms from July 12 to 22.

According to Teletalk officials, the winners, afterwards, would have to collect the SIMs from the nearest booths of some approved banks.

Earlier, 70,000 customers of Dhaka zone were selected through computerised lottery from among some 433,461 applicants in two phases.

Meanwhile, the interconnectivity agreement of Teletalk with all private mobile operators was signed and the subscribers would enjoy the facilities within a week, the officials added.