Bangladesh’s largest WiMAX broadband operator by users Banglalion Communications appears to be finally nearing its delayed launch of 4G LTE technology, as it announced the selection of Alepo’s LTE convergent charging and billing platform. The new system will support Banglalion in offering competitive LTE data offers, with features such as data rollover, family and shared data plans, emergency top-ups, loyalty rewards and more, a press release stated. Banglalion is combining its WiMAX and LTE services onto a single, convergent platform for cost savings and flexibility between the two technologies. The operator previously deployed Alepo’s charging/billing solutions for its WiMAX network in 2009. Ekhlas Uddin Ahmed, CTO of Banglalion, said: ‘Our continued partnership with Alepo ensures that we are able to lead the mobile broadband market in a way that is also cost-effective and assuring of our investment.’ Dan Stern, vice president of sales at Alepo, added: ‘As the 4G LTE market in Bangladesh emerges rapidly, we are proud to be a partner of Banglalion and to ensure the company’s continued competitive advantage and market success.’ In August 2014 Banglalion and Chinese equipment provider Huawei Technologies signed a 4G LTE network upgrade and expansion agreement, and issued an initial target of commercial launch by end-2014, although this has been delayed.
Another Bangladeshi mobile WiMAX network operator Augere Wireless Broadband (Qubee) signed an agreement with Alepo in October 2014 for a new business support system (BSS) to enable it to deliver more advanced services to its mobile broadband customers as it develops its LTE-based product range. Qubee is also thought to be rolling out LTE with main vendor Huawei. Rival broadband wireless access (BWA) licensee Ollo, meanwhile, has contracted another Chinese vendor, ZTE, to deploy an FDD-based LTE mobile broadband (data-only) network spanning over 1,100 base stations, TeleGeography notes.