3GTT Correspondent | 08 Nov 2013
Leading Telco Bharti Airtel on Thursday gave a kick- start to third generation (3G) services in Bangladesh. To be available initially in Dhaka and Chittagong, the service will be expanded in phased manner across the country.
Airtel Bangladesh a wholly owned subsidiary of Bharti Airtel selected Huawei Technologies to deploy out 3G network in Bangladesh.
Airtel Bangladesh in September bagged 5 Mhz of 3G spectrum for $105 million in Bangladesh in bidding that lasted less than five minutes.
Airtel Bangladesh CEO and Managing Director Chris Tobit said that the launch of the 3G services will mark a major milestone for Airtel in Bangladesh.
He said that customers can enjoy high speed mobile Internet, HD video streaming, file sharing and downloads over Airtel 3G with innovative, simple and affordable data packs. All Airtel packages are of minimum 1 MBps speed.
Airtel said its customers can enjoy the 'pay as you go' data usage service at 2G rate. As a promotional offer, Airtel customers will receive 100 per cent bonus on each subscription of minimum 1 GB data pack purchase.
The launch of 3G services is expected to assist in minimising the digital divide in Bangladesh.
Apart from Airtel, Grameenphone had bagged 3G licence for 10 Megahertz (MHz) spectrum at the price of $210 million, while Banglalink and Robi each acquired 5 MHz of spectrum at a price of $105 million.
Bangladesh's top four mobile phone companies had bid $525 million to obtain spectrum for high-speed third-generation mobile services.