BanglaLion latest to launch WiMAX in Dhaka

13 Nov 2009 reports that BanglaLion Communications has launched WiMAX-based high speed internet services in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. Rival WiMAX start-up Augere Wireless Broadband Bangladesh, backed by UK-based Augere Holdings, launched commercial services in the city late last month, following a trial introduced in July. BanglaLion was awarded 2.5GHz wireless spectrum in October 2008, and last month was reported to have placed an order for 10,000 WiMAX customer premises equipment (CPE) units with vendor Accton. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the newcomer’s licence requires the deployment of 90 base stations within its first year – covering 20% of 481 upazilas (sub-districts) and 10% of villages in Bangladesh – and nationwide coverage within three years. Incumbent telco BTCL was also awarded frequencies alongside the new entrants in last year’s 2.3GHz-2.5GHz auctions. Reports claiming that Augere and BanglaLion were the country’s first WiMAX operators are false, as other companies operate WiMAX-based services in Bangladesh using other frequency bands including 3.5GHz.



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