Robi Launches 3G Network in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s Robi Axiata has launched its HSPA enabled 3G network, with coverage initially available in Dhaka and Chittagong.

However, customers are not able to sign up for the service immediately as the regulator still has not approved the tariffs being offered. That approval is expected later this week.

Mahmudur Rahman, executive vice president of the operator, said, “If we get the approval from the regulator within next week, we will offer the services very soon.”

However, Robi has branded the third generation (3G) services as 3.5G, as the operator has gone for more advanced technologies than 3G. Other operators who have got 3G licenses will offer similar services.

The HSPA network can support peak download speeds of up to 21Mbps; although the mobile network said that the realistic speed would average 1-3Mbps.

The country’s other networks, Grameenphone, Banglalink and Airtel are all expected to launch their 3G networks next month.

3.5 G launch

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