Mobile phone use crosses 80m mark
Author / Source : Mashiur Rahaman
DHAKA, SEPT 24: The total number of active mobile phone users in the country crossed 80 million in mid-September.
The growth was much faster than anticipated, according to the telecommunication regulator officials. “Bangladesh’s mobile phone subscription crossed the 80 million milestone in the second week of this month,” an official of Bangladesh Telecommu-nication Regulatory Commission, told The Independent.
Promised by the advent of 3G services in the country, mobile user-base grew faster than what telecommunication industry experts anticipated, he said.
Bangladeshi mobile operators ended August with a combined total of 79.677 million mobile subscribers, according to figures from BTRC.
Mobile operator Grameenphone (GP) led the market with 34.979 million mobile customers, compared with 34.412 million a month earlier.
GP is the local concern of Norwegian telecom giant Telenor Group that controls about 45 per cent mobile phone subscription in Bangladesh.
Banglalink’s (Bangladesh concern of Egyptian Orascom Telecom Bangladesh Limited) customer base inched up to 21.621 million from 21.072 million subscribers, while Robi (a part of Malaysia-based Axiata Bangladesh Ltd) ended August with 14.971 million, up from 14.643 million customers in July.
Airtel Bangladesh’s customer base grew to 5.164 million compared with 5.097 million a month earlier, while Citycell’s (Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited — PBTL) subscriber base was 1.778 million from 1.718 million.
Teletalk’s, the state owned operator, subscriber base witnessed growth after the last couple of months and the company ended August with 1.161 million subscribers versus 1.131 million a month earlier.
Within the last eight months, a total of 11.032 million new subscribers joined the national mobile phone network. The top three operators (Grameenphone, Banglalink and Robi) control up to 90 per cent of the total subscriber base, BTRC data reveal.
The Pacific Bangladesh (Citycell) lost its monopoly after Grameen and other operators managed licences to run telecom business in the country one after another.