Bangladesh telco Grameenphone has launched the country's first 3G network, and aims for nationwide coverage by next April. The market leader, owned by Norway's Telenor, pledged to do its best to make the service available at "affordable" prices, according to Reuters on Sunday. It controls 44 percent of the market. The 3G service will start in Dhaka and Chittagong by October, noted Bdnews24.
Grameenphone had paid US$210 million for 10 megahertz (Mhz) of 3G spectrum in September, while Banglalink, Robi, and Airtel each paid US$105 million for Mhz of spectrum.
State-owned carrier Teletalk had launched a 3G service on a test basis last year, noted Reuters.