The number of active mobile phone subscribers neared 14 crore mark at the end of August as the mobile operators managed to add 33.2 lakh new subscribers during July-August period of 2017.
Subscribers of four mobile phone operators, excluding out of operation Citycell, increased to 13.93 crore by the end of August which was 13.59 crore in June this year, according to data released by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission on Tuesday.
The operation of the mobile phone operator Citycell has been suspended since October 2016.
As per the rules, the mobile operators have to count any number as active unless it remains off for 90 days consecutively, BTRC officials said.
Use of multiple SIMs of different operators was the main reason behind the recent surge in users, BTRC officials said.
Data-centric promotional activities of different mobile phone operators to boost data revenue prompted users to subscribe multiple SIMs, resulting in growth of mobile subscribers, they said.
Although the Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink managed to add 33.47 lakh new subscribers collectively during the period, active mobile subscribers of the state-owned Teletalk fell by 26,000 amid growing customer dissatisfaction after losing 3.73 lakh subscribers during the first six month of the year.
Teletalk’s subscribers dropped to 32.34 lakh at the end of August from that of 32.60 lakh two months ago, while its subscribers were 36.33 lakh on December 31 last year.
On the other hand, the leading mobile phone operator GP’s active subscribers increased by 15.48 lakh to 6.31 crore from 6.15 crore two months ago.
Robi managed to get second highest number of new subscribers during the period by availing 10.99 lakh new users with its total subscribers standing at 4.06 crore at the end of August aghast that of 3.95 crore in June this year.
Banglalink’s active subscribers increased 7 lakh to 3.27 crore from 3.16 crore.
Meanwhile, another BTRC data released on the day showed that the number of internet users in the country increased by 37.95 lakh to 7.71 crore on August 31 this year from 7.33 crore on June 30, 2017.
Mobile phone internet users increased by 32.33 lakh to 7.19 crore from 6.86 crore.
Fixed connection internet users increased 54,800 to 51.7 lakh from 46.22 lakh.
Although a nominal number of internet users were WiMAX subscribers, it increased a bit during the period.
WiMAX connection increased by 14,000 to 89,000 at the end of August from 75,000 two months ago after losing 75,000 subscribers during the first half of the year.
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