Bangladesh May Lose Last CDMA Operator

Bangladesh based CDMA network, Citycell is reportedly planning a migration to GSM services next year.

The transformation will require clearance from the telecoms regulator, and should be completed by next June, local news, bdnews24 wrote.

The company is the sole CDMA network in the country, and is owned by Singapore’s Singtel (45%), Taiwan’s Far East Telecom (23.5%) and local Pacific Motors (31.43%).

The company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mehboob Chowdhury told bdnews24: “Talks with the telecom BTRC to introduce the GSM technology are underway. We’re hopeful of launching the service by next June.”

The company has just 1.7 million customers and has languished in the market dominated by GSM operators, who are also preparing for 3G license auctions due probably early next year.

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