The year 2015 was a good year for Bhutan Telecom
The year 2015 really proved to be a good year for Bhutan Telecom Limited for it had achieved many of its targets.
Bhutan Telecom Limited could achieved success in replacement of Mobile Packet Backbone Network (MPBN) with new routers and switches supporting 10 Gbps connections both on the access and ISP sides.
It was shared its achievement during the annual Druk Holding and Investment press conference which was held on last Friday.
The Bhutan Telecom Limited Chief Executive Officer Tshewang Gyeltshen said that the monthly revenue from mobile in 2015 had increased to Nu.175 million in 2015 from Nu.154 million in 2014. “This was in fact meant network improvement was successful,” he added.
He added that this year their focus was more on reliability. “The issue of reliability has become more important and we are planning to improve reliability,” said the CEO.
Some of the major activities Bhutan telecom carried out in the year 2015 were expansion in improvement of 3G network where they have spent 700 million to expand network capacity with which the company could improve the network compared to 2014.
Radio Network Controller was upgraded to 1.5 Gbps from 250 Mbps mainly to support increasing number of 3G users. Besides that 27 Node Bs were installed at various locations to augment capacity and expand 3G coverage.
CEO further said that the company had also launched B-secure services which aimed at enhancing security for building owners, Lhakhangs and other important and historical sites. The year also saw the launch of BT Guide, targeted at tourists, to provide information on Bhutan’s cultural heritage and historical sites at a glance on the mobile devices installed with the service. BT mobile app was launched to provide information on BT services.
DHI Chairman Dasho Sangay Khandu said that “We know that the customers are not satisfied as expectations of Bhutanese citizens are very high, we are having difficulty to keep up with the demand of the customer yet BT is doing everything possible to improve the quality of services that are already on track.’’
Meanwhile, for the year 2015, the company’s prepaid mobile subscriptions have increased to 475,444 subscribers by the end of 2015 from 443, 480 subscribers in 2014 which is an increase of 7.2 percent. Just like in 2014, the post-paid mobile subscriptions saw a reduction by 2.5 percent from 11,063 subscribers in 2014 to 10,784 subscribers by the end of 2015.
The number of broad- band subscriptions increased to 27,606 subscribers in 2015 from 24,904 subscribers in 2014 which is an increase of 10.8 percent. Leased line subscriptions increased by 43.6 percent from 300 subscribers in 2014 to 431 subscribers by the end of 2015.
Following the global trend, the company’s fixed line subscriptions saw further decrease in 2015. From 23,823 subscribers in 2014, it decreased to 21,811 subscribers in 2015 which is a decrease of 8.4 percent.
While, besides all the achievements, BT are also faced with some challenges. As the country is mountainous it becomes challenging to meet the capacity and quality of services due to high interferences among cells caused either by overreach or reflected signals.
The company is also working towards improving the services they deliver. The company expects that their services will be improved much by the end of 2016.