Finnish technology giant Nokia has signed a EUR30 million (USD32.25 million) network expansion and modernisation deal with Bangladeshi government-owned mobile operator Teletalk to improve coverage in rural areas not currently covered by 2G and 3G networks, and to enhance the quality of services in urban areas. Teletalk will deploy the Nokia Single Radio Access Network (RAN) platform, extending its service offerings in parts of the capital city, Dhaka, and five divisions including Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Sylhet, Khulna and Barisal, which together represent around ‘70% of Bangladesh’ according to a vendor press release. Nokia notes that it will also support modernisation of Teletalk’s core and fibre-optic backbone/backhaul network and will provide professional services for network planning and implementation for the deployment over the next two years. The deal builds on a long-standing relationship between the companies.
Nicolas Bouverot, head of Asia South at Nokia, said: ‘The network expansion and modernisation initiative will help Teletalk attract new subscribers in rural regions and reduce churn in the urban areas.’