Minister says state firm to get 3G headstart; launch mooted in three months

8 Nov 2010

Bangladesh’s telecoms minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju has told a press conference that struggling state-run cellco Teletalk will launch the country’s first W-CDMA-based 3G mobile services ‘in three months’, ahead of privately-run operators, which will also be awarded UMTS licences but at an as-yet unspecified date. As reported by local newspaper The Daily Star, Raju stated that the communications watchdog, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is still formulating guidelines on the licensing and operating of 3G services, whilst the state is in talks with the Chinese government to borrow USD211 million to develop the capacity of Teletalk to give it a headstart in the 3G market ahead of existing private sector rivals and potential new entrants. ‘BTRC will issue the 3G licence[s] on demand, but Teletalk will get the priority,’ said Raju. In May 2010 CommsUpdate reported that the government intended to award 3G concessions in August, but this date came and went with no auction.

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