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Dhaka Telephone launches countrywide optical fibre network

Posted on: March 23, 2009

Dhaka Telephone Company Ltd, a public-switched telephone network (PSTN) operator, has introduced a nationwide optical fibre network to ensure smooth operation with clear sound.

“In the last four years we invested about Tk 3.0 billion (300 crore) to provide services to our subscribers most efficiently,” said Md. Haroon Al Atahar, general manager of technical division of the company operating a land phone service under the brand name Dhaka Phone.

An Indian-based company, Tejas Networks, has deployed the network, he said adding, “The company has used TJ100 range of Next Gen-SDH/SONET platforms, specifically for backhauling wireless network.”

“Tejas Networks and its technology have aided Dhaka Phone operator to provide cost-effective services by reducing capital and operational expenditures,” said Mr Haroon.

Dhaka Telephone got its zonal licence in 2005 and nationwide licence in 2007 and has a customer base of 65,000. The tariff rate of the company is Tk 1.5 for every three minutes and for a call to a mobile phone the rate is Tk 0.79 a minute.

The tariff rate cut by Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) has thrown the PSTN operators into a deep trouble as it is difficult for them to offer the BTCL rates, Mr Haroon said.

The country in February saw a total of 1.37 million land phone connections with BTCL being the top with 0.87 million.

Six national, six zonal and one rural PSTN operators have their licences to operate in the country.

Source: Financial Express

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