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CHT linked up to cellphone network

Published On: 2008-05-11 (The Daily Star)
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The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region was finally brought under mobile phone network yesterday with the state-owned Teletalk Ltd launching test operations in Bandarban and Rangamati districts.

Khagrachhari joins the two today in line with the chief adviser’s March 27 announcement that the hill districts would be hooked up to the nation-wide cellphone systems.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) gave the go-ahead for launch of the operations last Thursday.

Until yesterday, the three were the only districts staying outside mobile phone coverage.

According to Teletalk officials, they need to set up more towers to cover all three district headquarters. The operations will be in full swing within a week.

Teletalk will initially use the microwave towers of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board for Rangamati and Bandarban.

Local sources said private operators too have begun installing towers in the CHT.

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