BTTB orders $41 million mobile network

Bangladesh’s state-owned mobile operator, BTTB has signed a $41 million contract with Siemens mobile to set up a mobile network in key districts of the country.

Bangladesh’s state-owned mobile operator, BTTB has signed a contract with Siemens mobile to set up a mobile network in key districts of the country, including Dhaka. During the next 12 months, Siemens will deliver GSM and GPRS technology to the country worth around $41 million.

Siemens mobile will initially deliver and install base stations, switching systems, microwave technology and GPRS components to Bangladesh. GSM and GPRS technology allows mobile telephony, the sending of text and image messages and, due to the high data transmission rate, provides a basis for future multimedia services such as interactive games, the sending of images and access to the internet.

“We have huge demand for BTTB mobile and we will build a network of one million subscribers in shortest possible time,” said Nurul Islam, Chairman of BTTB.

The current market penetration for mobile communication in Bangladesh is below two percent. The market is currently spread over four operators, with BTTB now becoming the fifth.

“The contract with BTTB gives us entry into a market in which mobile communication has very high growth potential in. We are pleased to be able to support our customer in the development of its mobile communications business right from the start”, commented Christoph Caselitz, President of Networks within Siemens mobile.

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