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Banglalink (Bengali: বাংলালিংক) is one of the leading GSM mobile companies in Bangladesh. Originally starting its service as Sheba Telecom in 1997 under the parentship of a Bangladesh-Malaysia joint venture, the company struggled hard competing with Grameenphone. Later in 2005, Sheba was fully rebranded as Banglalink.

TimelineEdit

  • 1989: Sheba Telecom (Pvt.) Ltd. was granted license by the BTCL to operate in selected 199 Upazilas.
  • 1996: Sheba Telecom (Pvt.) Ltd. obtains GSM license to provide mobile services.
  • Late 1997: Sheba Telecom launched its operation for the first time as a Bangladesh-Malaysia joint venture.
  • July 2004: Egypt-based Orascom Telecom purchased the Malaysian stakes.
  • September 2004: Orascom Telecom purchased 100% of Sheba Telecom (Pvt.) Ltd.'s share for US$60 million (approx ৳345 crore).
  • 10 February 2005: Sheba Telecom was fully rebranded to Banglalink, with a new license to provide service throughout the country.
  • October 2007: BTRC fined Banglalink ৳1.25 billion for its involvement in illegal VoIP or call termination business.
  • March 2008: Sheba Telecom (Pvt.) Ltd.'s name changed to Orascom Telecom Bangladesh Limited.
  • 2012: Orascom Telecom merges with Vimplecom Ltd. creating Global Telecom Holding.
Network Operators in Bangladesh
Mobile Networks
Inline AirtelInline BanglalinkInline Citycell 1Inline GrameenphoneInline RobiInline Teletalk

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