Bhutan

Geographic Region (ITU/UN)

ISO 3166 Code

BT

M49 Code

064

MCC

402

ITU Member

Yes

ITU-R Region

Overview

Bhutan (འབྲུག་ཡུལ་), officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia. Located in the Eastern Himalayas, it is bordered by Tibet Autonomous Region in the north, India in the south, the Sikkim state of India and the Chumbi Valley of Tibet in the west, and Arunachal Pradesh state of India in the east.

Population coverage by 2G mobile is extensive and by 2012, 93% of households had a mobile phone, with a slight difference in coverage between urban (97%) and rural (91%) areas. Mobile broadband has become popular since the introduction of 3G by Bhutan Telecom (B-Mobile) in 2008 and by TashiCell in 2013. Growth in mobile broadband coverage has been aided by the deployment of services over 700 MHz and 850 MHz lower spectrum bands. B-Mobile launched 4G LTE in 2013, with TashiCell following in 2016. According to latest ITU data (June 2017) 3G mobile coverage reaches 85% of the population, and 4G LTE accessible in all 20 districts and by 53% of Bhutanese.

Bhutan is a member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and as such follows radio frequency harmonisation principles according to ITU-R Region-3. The regulatory body governing communications policy is the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC), and the Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) is charged with regulating the country's radio frequency spectrum activities such as planning, allocations, and licencing.

National Mobile Network Operators

There are 2 mobile network operators servicing this region.

3G: N/A
3G Bands: B5 (850 MHz)
4G: N/A
4G Bands: B28 (700 MHz)
5G: N/A
IoT: N/A
3G: N/A
4G: N/A
4G Bands: B3 (1800 MHz)
5G: N/A
IoT: N/A

News & Developments

TashiCell officially launched 4G LTE Service in Thimphu, Paro and Phuntsholing on 2nd April 2016. TashiCell deployed 4G under the Band 28, 700 MHzas it is best suited for Bhutanese Topology. To enjoy 4G services user just need to get a 4G SIM Card and 4G enabled handset that supports TashiCell 4G.

Bhutan Telecom, trading as B-Mobile, has announced that operator will be launching the 4G LTE service in country on 24th October 2013. Initially 4G LTE service will be available only in Thimphu in selected areas.