Speaking at a press briefing yesterday, Michael Kuehner, the CEO of Bangladeshi cellco Robi Axiata, said that the company will carry out a ‘limited’ launch of 3G/3.5G services next month following its 2100MHz licence win on Sunday, and will draw on the international rollout expertise of Malaysian parent group Axiata. He explained that Robi expects to incrementally launch 3G in selected areas of Dhaka, Chittagong, Comilla and Sylhet by the end of the year, and to cover 35% of the population in the first quarter of 2014. Robi’s CTO, A.K.M Morshed, added: ‘Subscribers can get 3.5G service from their existing SIM. If needed they can also get a new 3.5G SIM in exchange of their old SIM free of cost.’ Robi reported at the end of June 2013 that mobile internet data on its 2.5G network grew by 47% year-on-year.
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