Bangladeshi state-run mobile operator Teletalk has handed a USD39.2 million contract to China’s Huawei to upgrade and expand its 2G/3G network, the Dhaka Tribune reports. State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim confirmed that Huawei will install 685 2G base transceiver stations (BTS) and 559 3G BTS, plus upgrade Teletalk’s core network over the next 18 months, all under the USD39.2 million agreement. She also noted that the project is aimed at expanding coverage in remote areas across the country, adding that an estimated total of 8,000 BTS are required for true national coverage, but Teletalk is currently operating 3,750 BTS.
On 21 June, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved Teletalk’s 3G network expansion project which begins next month and is scheduled to be completed by December 2017. Under the project, Teletalk will set up ‘cyber centres’ and 1,200 3G BTS, alongside over 500 2.5G BTS. The cellco has also recently been looking at network sharing deals for additional expansion.