Sunday, October 02, 2005 - Bangladesh Telecom

CityCell rolls out low cost package

CityCell, the CDMA Mobile operator of the country introduced a new prepaid mobile-only package, Alap Super, to go on sale today.

The operator at a briefing on Saturday announced the package, the first after the Singapore Telecommunications Limited had bought 45 per cent of the shares of CityCell in June.

CityCell senior vice- president of marketing Intekhab Mahmud said the start-up cost of the package would be the lowest among the ones offered by other operators.

The lowest start-up package is priced at Tk 2,499, with a Huawei C218 handset.

The next category includes a UTStarcom C1160 handset selling for Tk 3,499 and the other selling for Tk 4,499 with a Nokia 2112 handset.

The main feature of the package is free outgoing calls — subscribers will be able to make calls to any CityCell numbers free during super off-peak hours, between 11:00pm and 8:00am, till March 31.

Alap Super subscribers can talk to any CityCell numbers for Tk 1.5 a 30-second pulse, and to numbers of other operators for Tk 2 a 30- second pulse during peak hours and for Tk 1 during super off-peak hours.

New connections will have a talk time of Tk 50 preloaded, valid for a week, and 300 free SMS to any mobile numbers, said Farhad Alam of CityCell.

Subscribers will also enjoy a 50 per cent reduced tariff to three CityCell numbers of their choice. CityCell will provide a one-year warranty period on the RIM-based handsets.

Intekhab said the operator had planned to invest around $125 million in network expansion to reach a subscriber’s base of about 3.5 million by the end of 2006.

The operator now has around 3.5 lakh subscribers and enjoys 6 per cent of the mobile market share.


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