Summit, Banglalink to work on tower sharing

Staff Correspondent

29 November, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh entered the era of mobile tower sharing as the Summit Towers Limited (STL) has been selected for setting up towers for Banglalink for network expansion, sharing and quality mobile services for first time in the country.

Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commissions (BTRC) awarded four private firms – Summit Towers, edotco Bangladesh, Kirtonkhola Tower and AB Hightech Consortium – to manage network infrastructure to inspire mobile operators in service improvement rather than investing in towers.

In first phase, STL, a subsidiary of Summit Group, has been selected to build 259 towers for Banglalink by January 2021, as the officials informed a virtual meeting on Thursday.

Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar was the chief guest while Telecommunications Division Secretary Md  Afzal Hossain and BTRC Director General Ehsanul Kabir were guests of honour on the occasion.

Summit Group founder Chairman Muhammed Aziz Khan, vice chairman Muhammad Farid Khan, Director Fadiah Khan,  Banglalink Chairman Sergi Herrero and chief executive officer Erik Aas and chief regulatory officer Taimur Rahman spoke in the meeting moderated by Summit Towers Managing Director Md Arif Al Islam.

STL plans to flourish with Banglalink as well as other mobile network operators by building more towers in the coming years.

Minister Mustafa Jabbar said the agreement (between Summit and Banglalink) marks the beginning of initiative taken in 2018 through the signing of the tower sharing agreement with four companies.

“The move has made it easier for the mobile [network] operators (MNOs) in this capital intensive telecom sector to expand the network as well as improve quality mobile services offered by the operators,” he added.

Banglalink Chairman Sergi Herrero termed Summit Towers as an organization which can be rely upon for taking responsibility to manage infrastructure  as well as a trusted partner in our digital journey.

Appreciating the authorities of Banglalink, Summit Towers Managing Director Md Arif al Islam said Summit Group has been working towards infrastructure development of the country over the last four decades and  the journey with Banglalink will bring opportunity to contribute to the upcoming  5G rollout.

Banglalink chief executive officer Erik Aas thanked Summit for being partner to expand the network of Banglalink, fastest mobile internet provider in the country.