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3G Launch on January 18, 2009

Posted on: September 22, 2008

Bangladesh will enter the world of 3G on January 18, next year as BTRC will distribute 3G licenses on that day among operators through competitive bidding. It is learned that some operators are taking preparations to launch 3G service as soon as they get the license. Teletalk, the state run operator is not left behind. They are also taking preparations to provide 3G services to their subscribers from the very beginning.

According to the Roadmap of BTRC, there will be an invitation for 3G license on December 03, 2008 and the deadline for submitting proposals will be December 31, 2008. All submitted proposals will be appraised within January 13, 2008.

Sources from Teletalk inform that they will get 3G license without any doubt because they are government organization and they are improving and expanding their network according to that target. They are planning to provide 3G services to 5 million subscribers and they have applied for US$ 220 million loan from the government.

BTRC chairman Major General (Retd) Monzurul Alam informed that they are yet to decide the lowest bid for 3G license but said that 3G service rate will be regulated just like other mobile services. He also informed that draft guidelines for 3G will be published on October 14 and after taking opinions from all concerns it will be finalized on November 26.

Source: Daily Shomokal

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