Grameenphone launches 3G in Bangladesh

08 October 2013 |

Bangladeshi mobile operator Grameenphone has commercially launched its 3G service in the Baridhara and Bashundhara residential areas of the country.

The Telenor subsidiary won 10MHz of spectrum in the 3G auction in September this year, and rivals Airtel, Banglalink and Robi secured spectrum in the 5MHz band.

Airtel said it would launch its 3G service this October, but Grameenphone has pipped the company to the post for the first commercial launch of 3G services in Bangladesh.

A Grameenphone spokesperson told local reporters: “Commercial launching of the 3G service is a part of a continuous process to reach our customers with the high-speed facility. Within months, the service will be available in different areas of the city.”

The 3G services are expected to deliver faster data download and upload speeds for customers in the region.

“It is a proud moment for Grameenphone,” said Allan Bonke, CMO at Grameenphone.

“By offering a seamless experience with instant internet access on the best network we will provide our customers with the competitive mobile service they expect from Grameenphone.”

Grameenphone plans to extend the 3G network to Dhaka, Chittagong, Gazipur and Narayangani over the next few weeks; and to an additional 64 districts by March next year.