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Bhutan Telecom Starts Expanding its 3G Network Coverage

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Bhutan Telecom is expanding its 3G network in the small Himalayan country and expects to add 40 more towns by the end of this year.

3G coverage is currently limited to the centre of the capital city, Thimphu - but will be expanded to western and central Bhutan. In urban Thimphu, six more base stations will be added to the 14 existing 3G sites.

The present 3G sites in Thimphu are located within a five km radius of Bhutan Telecom head office. For 3G data service the peak download speed is 7.2 mbps.

"The speed and the progress decreases with increase in subscribers but we'll fix this inconvenience by the end of the year," Bhutan telecom's marketing division general manager, Deo Kumar Biswa, told Kuensel Online.

He said that the earthquake last September sent a strong message on the lack of preparedness on the part of Bhutan telecom. "We are fully aware of the quality of services during such calamities. We are commissioning an in-depth study into these problems such as call congestions, call drops and data problems which will be solved within the year," he added.

The 3G network was first launched in May 2008, with equipment supplied by Ericsson.

On the web: Kuensel Online

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