Airtel Bangladesh, part of India’s Bharti Airtel group, yesterday announced that it will launch a 3G 2100MHz mobile network in selected parts of Dhaka and Chittagong next month, before expanding the W-CDMA/HSPA service to Sylhet by November and all seven divisional headquarters of Bangladesh by December. Chris Tobit, CEO of Airtel Bangladesh, quoted by the Dhaka Tribune at a press conference, said that the cellco is preparing for providing ‘the best quality services’ and will shortly start a 3G ‘education and awareness programme’ for its customers. As reported by CommsUpdate earlier this month, Airtel Bangladesh awarded the contract for its 3G network rollout to Chinese equipment maker Huawei Technologies. Two other private sector winners of 3G licences at the 8 September auction, GrameenPhone and Robi Axiata, have already stated plans to launch 2100MHz services in October, while the fourth winner, Banglalink, is yet to announce details of its rollout plan. State-run Teletalk is currently the country’s sole W-CDMA/HSPA network operator, having been granted a headstart in the market.
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