Number of mobile subscribers nears 13 crore again

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:08, Mar 29,2017

 
 

The number of active mobile subscribers again neared 13-crore mark in February this year as the acquisition of users by mobile operators picked up in recent months after few months of hiccups surrounding the biometric re-registration.
The active subscribers of five mobile companies, including recently merged operators Robi and Airtel, reached 12.95 crore by the end of February, according to data released by BTRC on Wednesday.
The subscribers’ data of another operator Citycell, which has been struggling for months to maintain its operations, is not available with the BTRC.
The number of total active mobile subscribers hit highest mark of 13.20 crore in May, 2016 but the number came down to 11.77 crore by August same year because of closure of lakhs of connections following bio-metric re-registration of SIMs.
The number of users declined in June-August in 2016 as many of the subscribers who had multiple SIMs did not complete biometric re-registration for all of their SIMs.
As per the rules, the mobile operators have to count any number as active unless it remains off for three consecutive months, BTRC officials said.
The mobile users’ number started to grow again in September, 2016 with the operators adding 13 lakh users in the month as the effect of biometric registration ended.
The addition of subscribers picked up in December-January this year with operators netting in around 20 lakh users in each month with renewed campaign to attract users.
The latest data of BTRC showed that the active subscriber-base of the leading operator Grameenphone neared 6 crore mark in February reaching 5.93 crore with the company adding around 7 lakh users in the month.
The number of subscribers of Banglalink reached 3.13 crore in February while the user-base of Robi was 2.7 crore and Airtel 82 lakh.
The state-run Teletalk’s subscriber-base dropped slightly to 37.33 lakh in February from 37.91 lakh in January.
The number of internet subscribers, meanwhile, increased by 4.66 lakh in February with the total number standing at 6.72 crore by the end of the month.
Among the total users, mobile internet connections inched up to 6.31 crore in February from 6.30 crore in January.
Besides, the WiMAX internet connection number decreased to 89,000 in February from the 91,000 in January. BTRC has issued LTE license to the three BWA operators -Banglalion, Qubee and Ollo as the WiMAX technology was become obsolete globally.
However, the ISP and PSTN internet connection rose to 4.03 lakh in the month from 3.93 lakh in previous month. 

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