Mobile phone network coverage will reach into the depths of the Sundarbans for the very first time.
Teletalk, the state owned mobile phone operator, says that it will expand its network into the coastal forest soon.
“We submitted an application for the Sundarbans after getting a verbal confirmation from the BTRC chairman,” Teletalk Managing Director Mujibur Rahman told Dhaka Tribune.
“We’re hoping that we’ll get the permission soon, since we’ve already begun our preparations,” he said.
Teletalk officials say this means the country will have 100% mobile phone network coverage.
The company will initially begin with three to four tourist hotspots in the forest.
“That will be our target initially. After that we can increase coverage phase by phase,” Rahman said.
The Sundarbans is the largest mangrove forest in the world.
The Teletalk chief remarked that the company was the first to reach out to many remote areas in the country.
In 2008, Teletalk became the first operator to reach the Chittagong Hill Tracts, which include the three remote and hilly districts of Bandarban, Rangamati and Khagrachharhi. Within that year it brought 22 upazilas of those districts under its coverage.
Teletalk officials say private operators still rely on Teletalk’s infrastructure to operate in those areas.