|Founder(s)||Mr. A Rouf Chowdhury|
|Headquarters||117/A Old Airport Road, Bijoy Sharani, Tejgaon, Dhaka - 1215, Bangladesh|
|Area served||All over Bangladesh|
RanksTel (Bengali: র্যাংকসটেল) is a Bangladeshi fixed line operator.It is a private public switched telephone network (PSTN) operator in Bangladesh. As of December 2009, total number of subscriber of this operator is 274.895 thousand It is the second largest PSTN operator in Bangladesh. On March 19, 2010 RanksTel office shut down by BTRC for allegedly running unlicensed VoIP operations. RanksTel won back approval from the telecom regulator on 17 July 2011 to resume operations after a 16-month shut-down.
Ranks Telecom Ltd, a member of Rangs Group, launched its wireless phone service under the brand name of RanksTel on 14 th April, 2005. Ranks Telecom Ltd. is registered with Registrar of Joint Stock Companies under Companies Act 1995 (Revised).
RanksTel is a Bangladeshi non government (private) PSTN (Telecom company),with slogan "RanksTel a kotha Bolun, Desher taka deshe rakhun" (র্যাংকসটেল এ কথা বলুন, দেশের টাকা দেশেই রাখুন). Ranks Telecom limited, a member of RANGS Group launched its wireless phone services under the brand name of RanksTel on April 14, 2005.
RanksTel is one of the largest private sector investments in Bangladesh with an accumulated investment of BDT 200 cores. RanksTel holds PSTN and ISP licenses to operate nationwide. RanksTel has also been awarded with an International Gateway (IGW ) license to originate and terminate international voice traffic.
7 June 2004: Ranks Telecom Limited, a sister concern of RANGS group first got PSTN license to operate in Chittagong, Sylhet and Dhaka periphery zone.
13 January 2005: RanksTel received operational license from BTRC for Khulna and Bogra zone.
14 April 2005: RanksTel started its service in Chittagong and Sylhet.
9 September 2007: After more than two years of service RanksTel received Nationwide PSTN license from Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission.
19 March 2010 : The telecoms regulator (BTRC) shut down private land phone operator RanksTel on Friday for allegedly running unlicensed VoIP operations.
11 May 2011 : Telecom Ministry has decided to reissue the license of RanksTel provided it withdraws all its charges against BTRC. Final decision regarding the matter is pending from both the Company and Government.
17 July 2011 : Private landline operator RanksTel won back approval from the telecom regulator on Sunday to resume operations after a 16-month shutdown.
As of December 2009, RanksTel has over 274.895 thousand subscribers nationwide.
Since its shutdown by BTRC, its subscriber count has been removed from the listing in BTRC's web site.
Technology: CDMA 2000 1X
Frequency: 800 MHz
RanksTel uses the following numbering scheme:
+880 44 R1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8
+880 is the International subscriber dialling Code for Bangladesh
44 is the BTRC allocated code for RanksTel. Considering local dialling, 044 will be the general prefix
R1 is the Division wise local code for RanksTel
R2 is the Package identification number for the subscriber of RanksTel
R3 to R8 is Subscriber identification number for RanksTel
+880447 - Dhaka Central
+880443 - Chittagong
+880449 - Sylhet
+880445 - Bogra
+880444 - Khulna
+880449 - Dhaka
RanksTel currently offers two prepaid plans.
- Nikhut: Nikhut is the cheapest available call rate in the country by tariff. Users of Nikhut can call any mobile operator at 0.50 taka(excluding VAT). RanksTel to RanksTel 0.10 taka(excluding VAT) is extra suger. It also permits RanksTel to BTCL / IPTSP at 0.40 taka(excluding VAT). In all cases 60 second pulse is applicable.
- Nikhut PCO: Basically this package is suitable for business person,who normally use mobile as a business. It is per second pulse call rate package. Tariff is 0.55 taka(excluding VAT) to any mobile operator. RanksTel to RanksTel 0.10 taka(excluding VAT) is as usual. It also permits RanksTel to BTCL / IPTSP at 0.40 taka(excluding VAT)
Currently RanksTel's well known post paid package is Kotha, Songkalpo and Astha. In these packages, In kotha package subscribers can have unlimited free talk time with any RanksTel numbers for a fixed monthly tariff.