Teletalk talks of 1.7m 3G trial capacity

28 Nov 2011

Bangladeshi state-owned mobile operator Teletalk, which is scheduled to launch 3G trial services on 26 March 2012, says that it will have an initial capacity for 1.7 million users. Teletalk is currently the smallest GSM provider in the country with around 1.25 million 2G customers, but managing director Mujibur Rahman told bdnews24.com that it aims to dramatically increase its rate of new customer additions from around 50,000 users every month currently to arrive at around three million subscribers by March. Rahman is hoping that the six-month 3G exclusivity period granted to the government-owned cellco will attract the desired level of interest, as the country’s private sector operators are due to compete for 3G licences in June auctions but are not permitted to launch services until September. Mujibur added that the trial 3G service will primarily be limited to big cities. He said that 700 3G base transceiver stations (BTS) are being deployed; Teletalk has an existing 1,730 2G BTS.

Bangladesh, Teletalk,

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