Bhutan Telecom (BT) has announced that its subsidiary B-Mobile has extended its 3G network to encompass Rinchending, including the College of Science and Technology (CST), as well as the town of Gedu in south-western Bhutan. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that B-Mobile signed contracts with Ericsson in late 2007 to deploy 2.5G and 3G mobile data networks. Trial GPRS, EDGE and W-CDMA systems were switched on in April 2008, with commercial launches following a month later, while an HSDPA upgrade was initiated in May 2009. B-Mobile had signed up 16,686 3G subscribers by the end of December 2012, up from around 9,000 a year earlier.
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