In a brief announcement on its website, Bhutan Telecom (BT) has announced that its subsidiary B-Mobile has extended its 3G network to the area of Trongsa, in central Bhutan. The network will go live on Sunday and a variety of preferential offers will be available to coincide with the launch. As such, a temporary BT retail outlet will be set up near the Trongsa market for the customers to acquire 3G datacards.
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. An HSDPA upgrade was subsequently 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.