Huawei and AKTEL ink USD100 million GSM contract

11 May 2006

Bangladesh’s second-placed cellco Telekom Malaysia International Bangladesh (AKTEL) has signed a $100 million GSM network expansion contract with Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei Technologies. Huawei will supply a wide range of GSM products for the expanded network, as well as after-sales and consulting services.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, AKTEL launched GSM services in November 1997, a year after receiving its 15-year licence. It has steadily built itself into the country’s second largest mobile operator, though it remains some way behind GrameenPhone in terms of subscriber numbers. This is a situation it is seeking to address by pouring significant investment into the expansion of its network and services. By the end of 2005 it had coverage of 60 out of 64 districts, including the northernmost regions of Rangpur and Dinajpur, where it was the first operator to launch in 2002. To help it continue expanding, in February 2006 AKTEL agreed a USD51.5 million loan facility with Citigroup and international development agencies.

Bangladesh, Robi Axiata,

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