Grameenphone today announced the launch of 4G service in selected areas of Dhaka city and Chittagong, marking the beginning of its nationwide rollout of 4G services.
Grameenphone CEO, Michael Foley, announced the launch through Facebook Live from the venue after the License handover ceremony, while the Deputy CEO & CMO, Yasir Azman, led the employee celebrations at the company’s headquarter GPHouse.
Currently, Grameenphone’s 4G services are available at Basundhara, Baridhara and Gulshan areas of Dhaka, along with Dampara, Khulshi and Nasirabad areas of Chittagong. Additional areas of Dhaka and Chittagong will come under GP’s 4G coverage within a few days. Most divisional cities are also expected to come under 4G coverage very shortly. The operator plans to roll out its 4G network in the fastest and widest manner, like it did with 3G, and cover all district headquarters in 6 months.
Speaking during the launch of 4G services, Grameenphone’s CEO Michael Foley said, ”Today is indeed a proud moment for us all in Bangladesh and a big milestone to the realization of Digital Bangladesh. We are committed to providing the best 4G experience to our valued customers and our 4G rollout plan will ensure uncompromised customer experience.
Michael also thanked Bangladesh Government, The telecom ministry and regulator for their hard work to make 4G a reality in Bangladesh.
Earlier, Grameenphone was granted an operating license for 4G services after it acquired 5 MHz spectrum in the 1800 MHz frequency band, making it the highest holder of the 1800 MHz frequency, the most suitable spectrum for 4G/LTE rollout. This additional spectrum combined with technology neutral across all bands of GP’s spectrum has placed Grameenphone on a firm footing to provide the best 4G experience. Technology neutrality across the company’s entire spectrum will allow Grameenphone the efficiency and flexibility of assigning voice and data services across its 900, 1800 & 2100 MHz bands to offer an even better experience for customers on the network.
The 4G rollout plan, combined with its modern network’s ability to adopt future-forward technology, will allow customers to experience HD video and live TV streaming, crystal-clear video calling, and super-fast downloads.
Grameenphone’s Deputy CEO Yasir Azman said, “We are very excited to launch 4G services in Bangladesh. We are working with different stakeholders to make the service affordable for our customers starting with the launch of two co-branded 4G-enabled smartphones yesterday. We will continue our efforts to enable our customers to connect to what matters most to them and enjoy the full benefit of the best 4G services of the country.”
Grameenphone has been building an ecosystem to facilitate the digital lifestyle of its customers and the people of Bangladesh. Introduction of 4G will indeed help Grameenphone and the emerging digital entrepreneurs come up with even more beneficial services for people and businesses in the country.