WorldTel explains further delay of fixed line launch in Dhaka

5 Dec 2006

The long-awaited launch of fixed line telephony services in Dhaka by WorldTel Bangladesh, due last month, has been deferred due to political unrest, the company told local newspaper The Financial Express. ‘We were sure to launch [in November]…but the sudden political turmoil deferred our plan,’ said a WorldTel source. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, WorldTel is the only private fixed line operator licensed in the capital, and had aimed to launch CDMA-based WiLL services by October 2005. The British Virgin Islands-owned firm has since repeatedly deferred its launch, missing further deadlines in December 2005, March 2006 and June 2006. It says it has built a network with initial capacity for 100,000 WiLL lines, supplied mainly by Chinese vendor ZTE. The central metropolitan zone, covering Dhaka city, Zinjira, Savar, Narayanganj, Gazipur and Tongi, accounts for around 60% of the country’s demand for telecoms services, according to industry regulator the BTRC.



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