Banglalion, Qubee launching LTE following regulatory approval

7 Oct 2013

Bangladeshi WiMAX operators Banglalion Communications and Augere Wireless Broadband (Qubee) have been given permission by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to upgrade their networks to faster TD-LTE services. Qubee will launch a trial LTE-based service this year after upgrading its network, its CEO Faisal Hyder said last Thursday, as reported by the Daily Star. The BTRC disclosed that it initially granted approval for Qubee to upgrade to LTE at a meeting on 15 September, while the regulator published amendments to its licensing guideline on its website on 3 October, allowing all Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) licensees to provide LTE-based services. The Financial Express adds that the amendments to the BWA guidelines also keep open the option to issue more mobile WiMAX/LTE licences in a bid to widen broadband internet connectivity across the country. Dhaka-based fixed-wireless WiMAX operator Ollo has already applied for the country’s third BWA licence (which permits mobile WiMAX, and now LTE based services too), and is widely expected to succeed in its application as the regulator aims to introduce additional providers to the market to increase coverage and penetration, according to TeleGeography. BTRC chairman Sunil Kanti Bose also confirmed that the regulator gave permission along with a no objection certificate (NOC) to Banglalion on 3 October after a formal request from the operator to provide LTE-based services, the Dhaka Tribune reports.

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