Monday, August 11, 2008

Ericsson Backs "Enlightened Bangladesh" Wireless Project

Ericsson is launching a pilot project called "Enlightened Bangladesh" to demonstrate how to improve productivity and quality of life in the country with the use of high-speed internet services through 3G/HSPA technology. Bangladesh currently has an estimated 43 million mobile subscribers.

The pioneering project, called Alokito Bangladesh (Enlightened Bangladesh), will demonstrate high-speed internet access and a range of advanced services - including mobile health and mobile learning - in the region of the capital, Dhaka, from early August to the end of October this year.

Ericsson said it is seeking to showcase how the technology can be a major catalyst for social and economic empowerment by bridging the digital divide in this developing market. The pilot will demonstrate m-learning through interactive long-distance classes led by remote teachers, while mobile health will demonstrate the potential of distance health care in the country, highlighting the potential benefits of bringing basic services to communities that lack them today. Other services included in the pilot are m-surveillance, video calling and entertainment.

Ericsson is conducting the 3G trial by using the site and transmission networks of three telecom operators - Warid Telecom International Bangladesh, Grameenphone, and Telecom Malaysia International (Bangladesh), which operates under the brand name AKTEL. Ericsson is using partners for m-learning and for mobile health.

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