Ericsson trials 3G network in Bangladesh

Ericsson is setting up a demonstration 3G network in Bangladesh, according to local media reports.

Under the project, the company will demonstrate 3G services, including mobile health and mobile learning, in Dhaka until October.

Bangladesh top regulator MA Malek said 'inauguration of the 3G pilot project is a milestone in mobile technology of the country and I hope that the alleviation of poverty will be facilitated through this modern technology,'.

Ericsson Bangladesh managing director Arun Bansal said that the project would show off the potential for 3G services in the country.

Ericsson is conducting the 3G trial by using the site and transmission networks of three telecom operators-Warid Telecom, Grameenphone and Aktel.

The regulator plans to auction off 3G licenses by the end of the year, but warned that the price would be significant.

The country currently has six operators and some 43.7 million mobile subscribers.