Grameenphone on Monday announced that it will launch 3G service in some selected areas of Dhaka and Chittagong from mid-October.
It was announced at a press conference held at Hotel Sonargaon in the morning.
Grameenphone, the largest mobile phone operator of the country, is planning to bring selected areas of Dhaka City and Chittagong under 3G service by October while seven divisional cities by December this year.
The rest of Dhaka district, Narayangonj and Gazipur will be given 3G coverage by November. The company will introduce affordable 3G packages to meet the demand of its different customer segments, they said.
“This marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of Grameenphone and Bangladesh. The country is getting ready for the data centric era, and our mission is to help the nation move ahead through providing internet for all,” said Grameenphone CEO Vivek Sood.
Grameenphone on Sunday acquired 10 MHz of 3G-spectrum in an auction arranged by BTRC, more than any of the participating competitors. The spectrum, which is part of the 2100 MHz-band, will enable the rollout of a nationwide 3G-network with enhanced capacity and instant mobile internet access for all customers.
Speaking on the occasion, Vivek Sood said, “Grameenphone is known for its high quality network and services, we’re committed to providing the same for 3G.”
The CEO stressed the opportunities offered by 3G, such as fast internet and hoped that people will use them to meet their own aspirations and to build a developed country. Grameenphone will do its best to make 3G available to all.
Tanveer Mohammad, CTO and Mahmud Hossain, CCAO of Grameenphone were present at the press conference.
Grameenphone started its operation in 1997 and was the first telecom operator to expand its network around the country. It was also first in introducing mobile internet and is currently the largest provider of internet services.
It is the largest telecom operator in Bangladesh, with coverage allover the country and over 44 million subscribers.