NT to start first 5G trials in June

18 January 2022

Nepal Telecom said it is ready to begin the country's first 5G technology trials from June this year.

Initially, the operator had targeted to begin trials from mid-July 2021, but the changes in the government delayed the plan, according to officials.

The fifth-generation or 5G technology standard for cellular broadband networks offers faster connections, higher throughput and more capacity than 4G, and will benefit areas of high traffic such as public places.

Nepal currently has 4G networks established in January 2017.

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Teletalk and Summit Towers pen tower-sharing deal

18 January 2022

Summit Towers has signed an agreement with Teletalk Bangladesh to share towers under government guidelines.

The former's managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) Md Arif Al Islam and Teletalk Bangladesh managing director Md Shahab Uddin signed the deal at the head office of the operator in Dhaka, according to a press release.

Muhammad Farid Khan, chairman of Summit Communications, a key shareholder of STL, and high officials from both companies were also present on the occasion.

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Vietnam to Issue 5G licences this year

04 January 2022

Hanoi

Hanoi

Vietnam said it is preparing for the launch of commercial 5G services and is understood to be ready to issue licences before the end of the year.

Due to the pandemic delays, telcos in Vietnam have been unable to secure 5G licences resulting in the late launch of next-generation connectivity services. Reports suggest 5G coverage in the country will start from the capital Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, in addition to other urban areas.

Military-owned Viettel, MobiFone and Vinaphone, have been conducting 5G trials in 16 different cities and provinces of the country. The 5G services will launch in major cities in addition to the high-demand areas, including industrial parks.

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Grameenphone bemoans Bangladesh punitive tax

04 January 2022

Bangladesh’s high tax rate is discouraging telecoms operators from investing further in the country as it prepares to adopt 5G technology, the boss of operator Grameenphone has claimed.

Yasir Azman, the firm's chief executive officer, said Grameenphone, said corporate tax at 40%, hinders efforts to expand services. The figure compares to 22% in neighboring India and 30% in Pakistan, according to industry body GSMA.

“If there’s a better tax regime, there’ll be more investment and more innovation will come into the market,” Azman said. "Telecom services are no longer a luxury product. It’s a necessary product. It’s an integral part of our growth and our people.”

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