Bangladesh’s largest cellco by subscribers GrameenPhone has announced that its 3G W-CDMA/HSPA+ network coverage now covers all 64 of the country’s district headquarter cities, following its commercial launch of the 2100MHz service on 8 October 2013. In a press release, the Telenor subsidiary stated: ‘GrameenPhone is now the largest national broadband service provider. Some 40% of our customers are currently under 3G coverage and approximately 85% of 3G enabled devices can access the 3G network.’ GrameenPhone won the largest-bandwidth (2×10MHz) 3G licence in Bangladesh’s September 2013 auction and covered all seven of the country’s main divisional capital towns plus other densely populated cities by the end of the year, before reaching the 64-city national footprint in less than six months from launch, which it called ‘the fastest 3G rollout in the history of Telenor Group, and a critical part of our ambition to provide internet for all.’
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