Bangladeshi mobile operator Banglalink has confirmed the registration of 12,000 3G customers since it commercially launched the W-CDMA/HSPA+ service on 10 October, the Dhaka Tribune reports. Initial 3G network coverage is limited to: Dhaka (restricted to Gulshan, Banani, Banani Dohs, Baridhara and Motijheel) and the Agrabad commercial area of Chittagong. However, the newspaper reports that Banglalink is planning to extend the network to Khulna and Sylhet by November.
In related news, the local newspaper also writes that rival operator Airtel Bangladesh will launch its own 3G network by 28 October, while Robi Axiata will inaugurate its commercial service before the end of the month. The latter previously introduced 3G services on a pre-commercial basis in late-September.