Dhivehi Raajjeyge Gulhun (Dhiraagu), the Maldives’ incumbent telecoms operator, has embarked on an expansion project to roll out 4G LTE services across the entire country. Last year the firm completed a campaign to provide 3G mobile broadband services to 100% of Maldivians on all inhabited islands, and it states that its focus is now on offering nationwide coverage of its LTE network, which is currently available to 60% of the population. Dhiraagu is aiming to complete the 4G expansion project by the end of 2017.
‘In a geographically dispersed nation, ensuring such coverage to all inhabited islands regardless of population size does not come without challenges,’ commented Dhiraagu CEO and MD Ismail Rasheed, adding: ‘However, having good internet access is as important for someone living in a remote island as it is for someone living in the capital city. Our focus is to expand our services to benefit all the people across the country.’