Number of active mobile phone subscribers surpassed 14 crore in September this year amid a marginal decline in market share of two mobile phone operators— Banglalink and state-owned Teletalk.
A Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission data released on Tuesday showed that the number of active mobile phone subscribers increased to 14.07 crore at the end of September this year from 13.93 crore a month ago.
The actual number of mobile phone users would not be that much as there is scope to hold multiple SIM cards by an individual, an official of the BTRC said.
Under the present rules, an individual can own up to 20 SIM cards against his or her national identification number, he said.
Of the increased number of subscribers, Grameenphone availed the highest 7.55 lakh new subscribers during the period.
GP’s subscriber base increased to 6.39 crore at the end of September from 6.31 crore at the end of August.
The leading mobile phone operator’s market share has increased a bit to 45.39 per cent in September from 45.31 per cent in August.
Robi has already became second largest mobile phone operator after merger with Airtel and got 5.42 lakh new subscribers with its total subscribers base increasing to 4.12 crore at the end of September from 4.06 crore a month ago.
Its market share has also increased a bit to 29.28 per cent in September from 29.19 per cent a month ago.
Banglalink, by adding 1.07 lakh fresh subscribers, remained the third largest mobile operator, taking its subscribers base to 3.24 crore from 3.23 crore in August this year.
Market share of the operator slided a bit to 23.01 per cent in September from 23.16 per cent in August.
Apart from out of operation Citycell, Teletalk remained the smallest operator in terms of subscribers.
The state-owned entity, however, managed to attract 7,000 fresh subscribers in September after losing customers for a number of months.
Number of active subscribers of the operator increased to 32.41 lakh in September from 32.34 lakh a month ago, while market share of the operator declined a bit to 2.30 per cent from 2.32 per cent.
On the other hand, total internet users already increased by 20.85 lakh to 7.92 crore at the end of September from 7.71 crore in August.
Of the internet users, 93.17 per cent or 7.38 crore are mobile internet users.
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