The state-run mobile operator Teletalk commercially launched the fastest fourth generation (4G) mobile data service in major parts of Dhaka last evening.

The 4G network will cover the entire Dhaka city by December and will move to Chattogram within the next couple of weeks, said Teletalk sources.

The mobile operator had created much hype when they launched 3G in 2012, a year ahead of their other competitors.

Initially Teletalk’s 4G network will be available in Gulshan, Niketan, Baridhara, Banani, Ramna, Mothijheel, Mohammadpur, Dhanmondi, Shyamoli and Farmgate and the areas under Dhaka University and BUET in the city.

Teletalk officials said they are offering customers the best speed -- 15 Mbps for upload and 40 Mbps for download.

Existing 3G users can send a text to ‘111’ writing ‘4G’ and that will switch their service.

Teletalk has taken up a Tk 987 crore-project with its own fund, under which 550 towers have already been established mostly in big cities and the process is going on to set up 550 new ones in district headquarters for 4G network.

Currently, the smallest operator in the country, Teletalk has 34.93 lakh active connections which is about two percent of the market share and only few of them are regularly active.

Earlier in February, all four mobile operators in the country got their 4G licences.

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