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Teletalk partners with Nokia to launch 5G network this month

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Published: 15:40, 9 December 2021  
Teletalk partners with Nokia to launch 5G network this month

Logos of Teletalk and Nokia


Nokia has been selected by state-owned Teletalk Bangladesh to deploy a 5G network this month, marking the country’s 50 years of victory.

With launching the service, Teletalk will be the first operator in the country to deploy a fifth generation network.

Nokia disclosed this in a statement on Thursday. It said both sides signed a deal in this regard recently.

In the initial phase of deployment, Nokia will provide equipment from its latest ReefShark System on Chip-powered AirScale equipment portfolio including its 5G AirScale Digital Baseband Unit with a plugin capability to add capacity where it is needed. It will also supply its high-performance 64TRX AirScale massive MIMO Adaptive Antennas to cover all deployment scenarios including dense-urban environments and wide-area coverage.

“We are delighted to continue our longstanding partnership with Teletalk and take it into the 5G era,” said Mark Atkinson, senior vice president of Radio Access Networks PLM at Nokia.

He said: “The network expansion and modernization initiative will help Teletalk attract new subscribers in the rural region and reduce churn in the urban areas. Our global experience will enable Teletalk to offer enhanced customer experience to its subscribers.”

Teletalk is launching its 5G network to coincide with Bangladesh’s Golden Jubilee of Independence celebrations. Teletalk is upgrading its network including support for rural areas as well as the introduction of 5G networks to the main city areas.

“This initiative is important for the future of Bangladesh and in building a digital society underpinned by 5G networks. Our ongoing collaboration and partnership with Nokia are key to delivering a state-of-the-art network and superior communications services to our customers,” said Md Shahab Uddin, managing director of Teletalk.

The deal will support the government’s digital agenda to drive automation, digitalisation, and Industry 4.0 in Bangladesh underpinned by 5G. The new network will drive faster speeds, lower latency, and reliability and support the intelligent transformation of industries including education and healthcare.

Nokia and Teletalk have been partners since 2004 with the joint deployment of 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. Nokia also supplies transport and core solutions and signed a network expansion and modernisation deal with Teletalk.