The Posts and Telecommunications Division recently requested the government for mobilizing a fund to strengthen the network activities of the state-owned mobile phone operator Teletalk which is suffering from severe frequency problem.
The division made the request at an inter-ministerial meeting with the Economic Relations Division (ERD) held on Monday and urged for a fund of Tk 270 crore, under Indian line of credit (LoC), to be used for expansion of its network in remote and inaccessible areas.
Teletalk plans to install a Tk 270 crore solar based power station project with a view to improving its network in the country’s far-flung areas including the Sundarbans, haors, forests, islands and parts of Chittagong Hill Tracts.
Under the project the Teletalk will install a total of 400 solar based power stations across the country to expand its network into the depth of coastal forests, remote islands and the hilly terrain of Chittagong Hill Tracts.
It plans to implement the project titled ‘Establishment of Solar-based Station in Hard-to-Reach Areas for Strengthening Teletalk Network Coverage’ under a soft loan or grant from India.
Of the total project outlay, the state-owned company is hopeful of getting Tk 240 crore from India and the remaining Tk 30 crore will come from government exchequer. Teletalk plans to commence the project from October this and is likely to complete the task by June, 2019, said the officials.
The goal of the project is to cater modern high speed third generation (3G) telecommunication services in hard-to-reach areas of the country where grid power facility is to cope with a challenging situation, said a high official.
He further said that setting up conventional stations with commercial grid power connection, BTS room and other establishments are not possible in these remote part of the country like the Sundarbans, haors, forests, islands and parts of Chittagong Hill Tracts.