GSM and CDMA cellcos agree to share infrastructure

20 Jun 2008

Two Bangladeshi mobile network operators, GSM-based Warid Telecom and CDMA-based CityCell, have signed an agreement to share infrastructure, in a continuation of a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two companies under a directive of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC). Under the deal, a potential 350 base transceiver stations (BTS) including towers, poles, transmitter equipment, transmission bandwidth and power could be shared by both the companies to cut costs and environmental impact (although it is currently unclear exactly what the firms intend to share, given their different existing technology platforms). Warid Telecom also signed another agreement to purchase duct facilities for fibre-optic transmission from CityCell. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, CityCell’s 800MHz CDMA2000 network has coverage of all 64 districts in Bangladesh, whilst Warid has established a network presence in most districts and all major cities since launching GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800MHz services in May 2007.

Bangladesh , Airtel Bangladesh, PBTL (CityCell)

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