Bangladesh’s largest cellular operator GrameenPhone (GP) has revealed plans to upgrade all of its existing 10,000 base transceiver stations (BTS) nationwide to support 3G by June this year, TelecomAsia writes. GP currently claims 5,800 3G UMTS cell sites, and aims to upgrade another 1,700 BTS to 3G within the first quarter, CEO Rajeev Sethi said, adding: ‘Currently, 65% of 57 million active GrameenPhone users are covered by 3G networks … After June, customers can use the fastest available [mobile] data service anywhere in the country.’ Sigve Brekke, CEO of GP’s majority owner Telenor, says the Bangladeshi cellco’s ambition is to make every active mobile user an internet user as well.
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