Grameenphone touches 10,000 3G BTS landmark
Published on: 29th Jun 2016
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Bangladesh's Grameenphone says that it has deployed its 10,000th 3G base station in the country, bringing in around 90% of the population under GP's 3G coverage.
Earlier in January this year Grameenphone CEO, Rajeev Sethi announced the goal to reach 10,000 3G sites by June in the presence of Telenor Group President and CEO, Sigve Brekke.
Speaking on the occasion Grameenphone CEO said, "Five months ago we took on a challenge to roll-out our 3G network at an unprecedented speed. Our investment and our achievement today is not only Grameenphone's alone. 10,000 3G sites is no less a national achievement and we share it with Bangladesh."
The BTRC Chairman requested Grameenphone to show the same passion to maintain quality that has been shown during this breakneck 3G rollout.
Grameenphone CTO Medhat ELHusseiny narrated the journey to convert 10,000 BTS to 3G through a presentation which depicted the extraordinary efforts of the employees. To finish this task 14,14,877 man hour has been invested, while they traveled 1,311,040 Kilometers and climbed 680,000 meters which is equivalent to 80 Mount Everest.
After the inauguration Grameenphone CEO talked to the GP officials working at the 10,000th BTS through Video call.
Grameenphone has run an aggressive 3G roll-out plan and had covered all 64 districts in 6 months, much sooner than the 36-month conditionality stipulated in the 3G license agreement by the regulator. The network expansion has not only involved adding new 3G sites and conversion of thousands of 2G sites to 3G sites, but also up gradation of existing 2G sites to further enhance 2G services for general customers.