Bangladeshi mobile operator Robi and Ericsson have jointly run trials of 4G LTE technology in the capital Dhaka, displaying mobile broadband speeds of 90Mbps and above, and demonstrating the cellco’s ‘readiness’ to introduce 4G services when the country’s licensing and regulatory framework allows it. The trial used 2100MHz and 1800MHz frequencies and commercial LTE user devices. A press release added that Robi and the Swedish vendor will run similar trials in other cities shortly. Earlier this month the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) disclosed that it had ‘finalised’ the proposed guidelines for 4G licensing/operations, ahead of sending the proposals to the government for approval, although some parties – including Robi – have criticised the guidelines as being unviable in their current form.
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