19 Nov 2012
Bangladesh’s sole CDMA mobile network operator CityCell is planning to launch a GSM network next June, bdnews24 reports. Having previously applied for regulatory permission for the technology switch in August, when it had its 2G licence renewed, the SingTel subsidiary has now set a target date for the rollout to revive its declining customer base. The plan remains subject to final approval from the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC), but the company’s CEO Mehboob Chowdhury told the newspaper that ‘talks with the BTRC to introduce the GSM technology are underway. We’re hopeful of launching the service by next June… Citycell has plans to provide new handsets to those willing to go for GSM technology.’ Earlier plans revealed by CityCell included initial investment of around USD200 million for the new network rollout, and expanding its number of base stations from 860 to around 2,500, plus the purchase of 1800MHz wireless spectrum for providing GSM services.