May 8, 2009

Why still no 3G in Bangladesh?

3G is the third generation of telecommunication hardware standards and general technology for mobile networking, superseding 2.5G. 3G networks enable network operators to offer users a wider range of more advanced services while achieving greater network capacity through improved spectral efficiency. Services include wide-area wireless voice telephone, video calls, and broadband wireless data, all in a mobile environment. Additional features also include HSPA data transmission capabilities able to deliver data rates up to 14.4 Mbit/s on the downlink and 5.8 Mbit/s on the uplink.

Many countries already deployed 3G in their network and common people are also benefited. Our neighboring countries like India, Sri Lanka and Maldives already have 3G. Last April I attended two separate workshops organized by LIRNEasia on Broadband QoSE testing experience in Colombo and it was quite astonishing for me that general users are fighting for Mbps speed with the operators in those countries while home users in Bangladesh can only dream of hundred kbps may be.

Government already awarded WiMAX license in Bangladesh but no sign of 3G license yet. WiMAX is still under development phase. It will take some time to groom and people have to wait to get its full benefit. But 3G technology is already there. Handset with 3G capabilities is available for quite a long time in this region but of no use.

Bangladesh's telecoms regulator, the BTRC confirmed in August 2008 to award 3G licenses in the country by March 2009 - a delay on earlier promises to offer the licenses by the end of that year. During the launch of a trial 3G network by Ericsson in August, Former BTRC chairman Maj Gen (retd.) Manzurul Alam put a valuation of US$200 million on the licenses. "The 3G licenses will be issued by March next year ... the licenses would be awarded through an open auction," Alam told the Reuters news agency.

It’s already May, and no news of 3G License yet.


Anonymous said...

Government always tends to delay process in Bangladesh. Everything comes when other already achieved that.

Hamidur said...

Yesterday I had a meeting with some of the Grameen Phone officials. Though we had some other issues, of the topic, I asked them about 3G. But they replied that there is a slim or no chance of 3G to come soon. That means, we had to wait longer for 3G in Bangladesh

amar11372 said...

3G equipments will be obsolete techonology in few more years since 4G (LTE) is starting to be deployed.

Anonymous said...

At last Government has been announced that they give the license for 3G network at next December'09. So we have to wait for it.....if they give the license for it then how long its need to start 3g network in 6 division of BD?

Hamidur said...

Vendor selection, initial testing is a long procedure. So we can expect atleast six months for them to be prepare for testing. But the main bottle neck will be bandwidth. As most of the Base stations operating in relatively low bandwidth, specifically at E1 level (2 Mbps), they need to increase capacity to reach rural areas with 3G.

More than one year, I think, will require to build the infrastucture for 3G itself. But increase in capacity may take some more time.

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