Global digital operator Veon has announced that Banglalink, its operating company in Bangladesh, is rolling out next generation 4G networks nationwide across Bangladesh, with a launch reportedly now taking place in a major city.
The new mobile network is being rolled out over the next few months. Veon says it will typically double internet speeds once available.
With 92.8% of internet users in Bangladesh relying on 4G to access digital services, the availability of high-speed, high-quality digital connectivity through Banglalink will benefit the economic development of Bangladesh, the company adds.
The new Banglalink 4G network uses the 2.3GHz spectrum it procured when it doubled its spectrum allocation in April 2022, employs the latest time division duplex (TDD) technology, and has involved the deployment of 3,000 new base stations to provide a total of 14,000 sites across the country.
Banglalink says it is the first mobile operator in Bangladesh to deploy the next-generation TDD technology. The TDD network will, it says, improve the speed and availability of digital communications across Bangladesh while providing higher connection quality for users of Banglalink’s health, education and entertainment digital services.
The network is being systematically rolled out across the country and is reportedly now being launched in Khulna, Bangladesh’s third largest city. The launch was supported by vendor partner ZTE and will provide an upgraded 4G service to Banglalink customers in the city.
According to the Data Centre Dynamics website, the operator's existing 4G LTE network first went live in February 2018, in the 1,800MHz and 2,100MHz bands.