Sheba Phone, an
enterprise of Integrated Services Limited (ISL) under the private
sector, will extend wireless telephone service in order to meet the
much-awaited demands of the deprived segment of the rural population of
the country. Stating this at Hotel Sheraton on Monday (July 25, 2005),
the Chairman and Managing Director of ISL Afzal Hossain Chowdhury said
ISL will install 100-125 wireless telephones in each upazila's various
markets, business centres and important locations of 246 upazilas and
Sadar upazilas under 34 districts of the country's South East and South
West regions by next December 2005.
Chowdhury said that an agreement was signed
between Integrated Services Limited and Alvarion, one of the leading
telephone companies of the world based in the USA's Silicon Valley to
implement the first phase of the project. The first phase project cost
will be Tk. 100 crore including foreign exchange componant, he added.
This will enable Sheba Phone subscribers to
talk to the subscribers of all local and foreign operators round the
clock without any problem through this highly developed technology,
Afzal Hossain Chowdhury further added.
The Chairman and Managing Director of ISL
informed, considering the economic condition of rural Bangladesh the
Sheba Phone has fixed its low tariff in comparison with T&T
Board's local and foreign tariffs. When installed this wireless
telephone connection the rural people will be highly benefited, he
added. Chowdhury further informed that ISL obtained license from the
Government in 1994 for providing telecom facilities in all upazilas of
the country's south east and south west regions. This was initiated
under joint venture with Malaysia Telecom and Sheba Telecom Pvt. Ltd.
The Press conference was addressed by Miss
Barbara S Keary, Economic Officer, US Embassy in Dhaka and W Patric
Duncan, Managing Director, Alvarion, Limited Asia Pacific. Making
another point of great significance, he said Sheba Phone has fixed low
tariff comparable to that of T&T's local and ISD call.