The state owned mobile operator Teletalk is going to launch 4G service in the country.
Initially, the service will begin in Dhaka and Chattogram on commercial basis from this December 16.
Rezaul Kabir, project director of Teletalk, confirmed it to Bangladesh Post on Tuesday. He said they are trying to cover all the areas of Dhaka and Chattogram by this month, and the service will be gradually expanded to bring all districts of the country under the Teletalk 4G coverage.
Notably, all private operators started their 4G service at the beginning of 2018 immediately after obtaining government licence while the state owned Teletalk lagged far behind, until the latest move, even though the operator was much ahead of others while launching 3G service.
This is because the state owned company got the license for 3G service one year before any other operator did, said Rezaul.
“We are still working on it. After addressing a few technical issues, we will announce the formal inauguration of our 4G service. All necessary equipments to start 4G service across the country have already been prepared,” said he.
On an experimental basis, Teletalk has already started 4G service on 20 points across the capital, Rezaul said, adding that these points are Dhanmondi, Gulshan, Banani, Khilkhet and some other parts of the city.
However, he refused to make any comment about possible 4G tariffs of Teletalk.
Meanwhile, sources said Teletalk wants to make a comeback to the market with cheaper call rates and internet services than any other operator’s. It was known that the operator has taken this initiative due to the complications in investment and network expansion.
It is to be noted here that the state owned mobile phone operator has also planned to install solar power-based Base Transceiver Stations in the remote areas to facilitate the rural people with modern telecommunication services.