Bangladesh start-up mobile operator Warid Telecom has handed Nokia a contract to deploy a radio network for the company’s greenfield operations in Bangladesh. Under the terms of the deal, which covers the key Dhaka administrative district, Nokia will supply its UltraSite base station solution and its NetAct network and service management services, as well as installation, planning and project management services. Deliveries have begun, and the network will be launched later this year. In February Warid Telecom contracted Ericsson for the supply of a complete GSM/GPRS network core, as well as transmission equipment infrastructure.
Warid Telecom, owned by UAE’s Abu Dhabi Group, won Bangladesh’s sixth mobile licence in December 2005 and plans to launch GSM services by June 2006 with an initial investment of around USD300 million. After receiving its 15-year concession, it announced ambitious plans to conquer the market within three to five years, including achieving coverage of over 60 districts by March 2007 and signing up six million users by mid-2009. The cellco expects to achieve nationwide coverage by the end of 2007.