7 May 2008
Bhutan Telecom’s cellular subsidiary B-Mobile has launched its 3G network and has also introduced its first GPRS and EDGE-based services. Information and communications minister Lyonpo Nandalal Rai made the country’s first video call to inaugurate the new W-CDMA network, which was supplied by Ericsson. 3G coverage is currently limited to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, while EDGE is available in the country’s 20 largest cities and GPRS has been installed across B-Mobile’s entire infrastructure. The cellco recently lost its monopoly on wireless services in Bhutan following last month’s launch of a GSM-900/1800 network by Tashi Infocomm.