Bangladesh’s CityCell, the country’ sole CDMA-based mobile provider, including 1xEV-DO-based 3G internet access, has renewed a contract with China’s Huawei Technologies to manage its services for another five years, local newspaper The Daily Star reports. Under an agreement signed between Huawei Bangladesh’s CEO Wonder Wang and CityCell CEO Mehboob Chowdhury, Huawei will manage and provide support to CityCell for its voice and data services. Chowdhury promised that the deal would help the CDMA operator, a part of the SingTel group, improve its range of services in the coming years. The previous agreement also ran for five years.
In March this year Huawei revealed a plan to invest USD200-USD300 million annually in the ICT sector of Bangladesh, aiming to be the country’s market leading telecoms systems vendor. Wonder Wang declared at the time: ‘We’ve a target to achieve market leadership in Bangladesh through entering into new strategic areas of telecom and ICT sectors, especially in infrastructure.’ In November 2010 Huawei signed a deal with Bangladeshi cellular market leader GrameenPhone to expand capacity and enhance its SingleRAN network; as part of the three-year agreement, Huawei is deploying its industry-leading SingleRAN solutions for GrameenPhone’s mobile network and installing thousands of base stations.